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Family Meropeidae - Forcepflies

Mystery - Merope tuber Merope tuber - male Merope tuber Forecepfly - Merope tuber - female Forcepfly - Merope tuber - female Forcepfly - Merope tuber - male INsect - Merope tuber Insect for ID - Merope tuber
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Mecoptera (Scorpionflies, Hangingflies and Allies)
Family Meropeidae (Forcepflies)
Other Common Names
Earwigflies, Earwig Scorpionflies
3 spp. worldwide, one in North America, one in sw. Australia, and one in Brazil
body 8-15 mm
male claspers (slender structures at end of abdomen) are unique(1)
e. NA; sw. Australia; Brazil
Life Cycle
Life history and larvae unknown(2)(3)
The family was widespread during the Jurassic from Australia to Antarctica and over the Americas; the extant members are relics that survived at the edges of that ancient range.
Works Cited
1.World checklist of extant Mecoptera species
2.Scorpionflies, hangingflies, and other Mecoptera
Byers G.W. 2002. The Kansas School Naturalist 48(1).
3.Earwigflies in the Great Smokies
J.C. Dunford, D. Serrano, and L.A. Somma. 2006. SE Biology 53(1): 27-29.