Jan 172014
 
Scorpionfly - Unusual

This unusual looking bug is a female Scorpionfly. Despite their ominous sounding name, these insects do not sting or bite. The name comes from the extended abdomen of the male that curls up and over the Scorpionfly’s dorsal side. The male’s abdomen is terminated with a feature that looks superficially like the stinger of a

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Jan 132014
 
Journal - Return to Riverbend

Dateline – October 26, 2013 I’ve been to the Trinity River Greenbelt Riverbend Preserve before—or at least I thought I had. Let me explain. I visited this fantastic spot in far south Dallas County for the first time just a little over a year ago, and posted a writeup about the trip here: Exploring Lock

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Nov 222012
 
Scorpionfly - LLELA

This odd looking bug is known as a Scorpionfly (Panorpa nuptialis). They are so named because the male’s abdomen superficially resembles the stinger found on a scorpion. The Scorpionflies with visible abdomens in these pictures are all female, so the scorpion like appearance is not present. I found these Scorpionflies feeding on animal dropping in

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