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Mecoptera (scorpion flies)

Wikipedia Abstract

Mecoptera (from the Greek: meco- = "long", -ptera = "wings") are an order of insects with about 550 species in nine families worldwide. Mecoptera are sometimes called scorpionflies after their largest family, Panorpidae, in which the males have enlarged genitals that look similar to the stinger of a scorpion. The Bittacidae, or hangingflies, are a prominent family of elongate insects known for their elaborate mating rituals, in which females choose mates based on the quality of gift prey offered by various males.
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Family

Apteropanorpidae (2)
Bittacidae (hanging scorpionflies and hangingflies) (201)
Boreidae (snow scorpionflies) (29)
Choristidae (Scorpionfly) (8)
Eomeropidae (1)
Meropeidae (earwigflies) (2)
Nannochoristidae (7)
Panorpidae (common scorpionflies) (419)
Panorpodidae (14)

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