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Forcepfly - Merope tuber - female

Forcepfly - Merope tuber - Female
Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, Canada
July 24, 2009
Size: 10 mm
WOOT!!!!! What else can I say...
This individual flew to my porch light on a humid night. She probably originated from the large tract of forest (Preservation Park) near where I live.

Great that you even recognized it. A very knowledgeable colleague of mine one told me how he was sorting specimens from a malaise trap at a bioblitz in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and came across one of these. His response was "I don't even know what order this belongs in!" LOL!

I only knew of it because of a slight interest in the Mecoptera. Excepting Panorpodidae, with this find and a subsequent hangingfly encounter, I have now met all of the NA Mecoptera families.
Haha, but I sure freaked out when I saw this insect. So did Steve Marshall, to whom I lended the specimen for shooting live photos (he's only ever collected them dead in malaise).

NA Mecoptera families
what about Boreidae?

Got 'em too!

how many Panorpa ssp. have you collected? in Russia I had a small collection of them [a dozen spp tops], but the nearctic fauna is much richer

Not many, surprisingly...
I don't seem to run into them often, probably because suburban Toronto doesn't have good habitats for these insects. Most my Mecoptera encounters are in Guelph. I have found maybe three Panorpa spp.?

mine were collected all over the 9 time zones, no surprise...

what a miracle indeed!

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