The Scorpion Flies (68 NA spp; 16 MN spp) is a small Order of holometabolous insects. Larvae live in the soil and adults occur in woodland. This Order contains five families, four occur in Minnesota, but only one, the Panorpidae, has been collected at Cedar Creek. The Panorpidae are scavengers feeding primarily on dead insects, carrion, pollen. The Bittacidae are predaceous on various arthropods. The Boreidae apparently eat mosses?
Barnes, JW (1956). Notes on Minnesota Mecoptera. Entomological News 67: 191-192
Thornhill, AR and JB Johnson (1974). The Mecoptera of Michigan.
Great Lakes Entomologist 7: 33-53.
|1.||Family BITTACIDAE||Hangingflies||(Not described at CCESR)|
|2.||Family BOREIDAE||Snow Scorpionflies||(Not described at CCESR)|
|3.||Family MEROPEIDAE||Forcepflies||(Not described at CCESR)|
|4.||Family PANORPIDAE||Common Scorpionflies|
|5.||Family PANORPODIDAE||Short-faced Scorpionflies||(Not found in Minnesota)|
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