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Stylopised delphacid 3.jpg
Elenchus maorianus (female in delphacid host)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Infraclass: Neoptera
(unranked): Eumetabola
(unranked): Endopterygota
Superorder: Panorpida

Panorpida or Mecopterida is a superorder of Endopterygota. The monophyly of the Panorpida is based on the reduction or loss of the ovipositor and several internal characteristics, including a muscle connecting a pleura and first axillary sclerite at the base of the wing. The monophyly of the Panorpida is also supported by molecular data.[1]


  1. ^ Grimaldi, David; Engel, Michael, S. (2005). Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press. p. 468. ISBN 978-0-521-82149-0.