Scorpionfly - male
Panorpa nebulosa / order: Mecoptera
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
August 9, 2008
I was very happy to get a better photo of a male Scorpionfly (its still not a sharp as I would like, but it beats the first one I took 5 years ago!). Unlike the venomous 8-legged scorpion, this 6-legged insect doesn't sting. The males have a little knob at the end of their abdomen that resembles a scorpion's stinger. Both the male and female have an interesting-looking, pointed head. These insects are quite distinctive looking.