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Sandhills Scorpion Fly - Panorpa rufa

Sandhills Scorpion Fly - Panorpa rufa
Weymouth Woods State Park, Moore County, North Carolina, USA
November 11, 2006
The wing pattern on this Scorpion Fly did not quite match others in the guide. Is this a separate species?

Moved from Panorpa nuptialis.

P. rufa
Very nice photograph! This is Panorpa rufa Gray, a relatively uncommon species. Panorpa nuptialis is not found in North Carolina. P. rufa is found from North Carolina to Florida and across to Mississippi. It is closely related to P. nuptialis and Panorpa lugubris.

The Y-shaped subapical band distinguishes it from P. nuptialis.

Moved from Panorpa.

Neat, 54 species, bet it is Panorpa nuptialis
There are over 50 species in North America, and this one sure is distinctive. It looks like this one shown on a page at Texas A&M. Aha! They don't give the species on the page with text, but they do on the linked image, Panorpa nuptialis.

I met a graduate student who knew these a couple years back--I'll have to see if I can track him down--the wing patterns look rather distinctive on some others.

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