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Panorpidae

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The Panorpidae are a family of scorpionflies containing more than 480 species. The family is the largest family in Mecoptera, covering approximately 70% species of the order.[1] Species range between 9–25 mm long.[2]

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.[3]

Genera

Fossil record

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.[4]

References

  1. ^ Hu, Gui-Lin; Yan, Gang; Xu, Hao; Hua, Bao-Zhen (2015). "Molecular phylogeny of Panorpidae (Insecta: Mecoptera) based on mitochondrial and nuclear genes". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 85: 22–31. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.01.009. PMID 25683048.
  2. ^ "Family Panorpidae - Common Scorpionflies - BugGuide.Net". bugguide.net. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  3. ^ "Joshua R. Jones Research Panorpidae". people.tamu.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  4. ^ 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): 79–92. doi:10.3897/zookeys.431.7561. PMC 4141175. PMID 25152669.

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Panorpidae: Brief Summary

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The Panorpidae are a family of scorpionflies containing more than 480 species. The family is the largest family in Mecoptera, covering approximately 70% species of the order. Species range between 9–25 mm long.

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.

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