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Common Scorpionfly

So what is this crazy-looking insect? Have you seen one before? This is the common scorpionfly. To me, there is nothing common about the look of this little guy.

Common Scorpionfly General Information

Common Name:Common Scorpionfly
Scientific Name:Panorpa communis
Size:Body length of about (1.2 inches), a wingspan of (1.4 inches)
Markings:Black and yellow body, with a red head and tail
Habitat:Around nettle plants & hedgerows
Active:May – September
Diet:Dead insects & aphids

How It Got Its Name

Will not bite or sting and does not bother plants or crops. Eats dead insects and live aphids. Eating aphids on plants is always a plus 🙂

The scorpionfly receives its name for the scorpion-like appearance of the male’s clasper during mating season, it is not a stinger.


Garden Friend or Foe?

Will not bite or sting and does not bother plants or crops. Eats dead insects and live aphids. Eating aphids on plants is always a plus 🙂



Common Scorpionfly- Reddish Brown fly with clear and black wings.

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