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Panorpa alpina 2 Luc Viatour.jpg
Panorpa alpina male
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mecoptera
Family: Panorpidae

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The Panorpidae are a family of scorpionflies. This family contains more than 480 species. They are 9–25 mm long.[1]

These insects have four membranous wings and threadlike antennae. Their elongated faces terminate with mouthparts that are used to feed on dead and dying insects, nectar, and rotting fruit. While in larval form, they scavenge by consuming dead insects on the ground.[2]


Fossil record[edit]

Species of Panorpidae are known from the Middle Jurassic period. The oldest known species are members of the genus Jurassipanorpa from the Jiulongshan Formation of Inner Mongolia, China.[3]


  1. ^ "Family Panorpidae - Common Scorpionflies - BugGuide.Net". Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  2. ^ "Joshua R. Jones Research Panorpidae". Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  3. ^ Ding, He; Shih, ChungKun; Bashkuev, Alexey; Zhao, Yunyun; Dong, Ren (2014). "The earliest fossil record of Panorpidae (Mecoptera) from the Middle Jurassic of China". ZooKeys. 431 (431): 79–92. doi:10.3897/zookeys.431.7561. PMC 4141175. PMID 25152669.

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