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Mecoptera

order of insects
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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.

Mecoptera
Temporal range: Permian - Recent
Skorpionsfliege Panorpa communis male full.jpg
Panorpa communis, male
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Mecoptera

Hyatt & Arms, 1891
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