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Family Meropeidae - Forcepflies

Merope tuber - Forcepsfly or Earwigfly - ventral view - Merope tuber - male Unidentified insect - Merope tuber Forecepfly - Merope tuber - female Forcepfly - Merope tuber Forcepfly - Merope tuber - female Forcepfly - Merope tuber - female Merope tuber? - Merope tuber Pennsylvania Forcepfly - 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.