When we say Scorpion fly facts, we are not referring to a scorpion that can fly. We are actually referring to a fly – an insect that looks like scorpion. We agree that sounds weird but this earth is full of weird creatures and humans are by far the weirdest of all. Why so? Because they are the only creatures on this planet that are hell-bent on destroying this planet. Anyway, instead of deviating from our topic, let us get back on track and learn 30 interesting scorpion fly facts – one of the weirdest (by looks) insects you can find on earth.
Interesting Scorpion Fly Facts: 1-10
1. The scorpion fly is a small to medium-sized insect with a very terrifying look. However, it is not really harmful, at least to humans.
2. The unusual name of the insect comes from the male members of a specific family of scorpion flies known as the Panorpidae. The male members are known to often known to keep their abdomen raised in a way which resembles the stinging tail of scorpions.
3. It is quite normal for people to confuse scorpion flies with crane flies or giant mosquitoes.
4. These insects are known to have two wings pairs but still they are known for their flimsy and erratic flying pattern.
5. The flight speed of the scorpion fly is about 0.5 meters per second and they have a wing beat of 28 beats per second.
6. These flies are known for having large eyes and their heads are prolonged into a beak-like structure and are known for having biting mouth parts right at the tip of the beak-like structure.
7. The four wings of the fly is are known to be of almost same length and are membranous. However, there are some species that are known to have no wings at all.
8. The wings may have different looks. Some scorpion flies may have almost transparent wings. Some may have dark banded wings while some other may have dark spotted wings.
9. They also have a pair of antennae that look like threads and have multiple segments.
10. Coming back to the looks of the scorpion fly, the males are known to be enlarged with a rounded appearance and it curves back over on its back, giving it the scorpion-like look.