Definition of Scorpion fly

1. Noun. Any of various mecopterous insects of the family Panorpidae of the northern hemisphere having a long beak and long antennae; males have a tail like that of a scorpion except it is not venomous.

Generic synonyms: Mecopteran
Group relationships: Family Panorpidae, Panorpidae



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scorpion Fly

scorpaenid
scorpaenid fish
scorpaenids
scorpaeniform
scorpaenoid
scorpaenoid fish
scorpene
scorper
scorpers
scorpio
scorpiodea
scorpioid
scorpioid cyme
scorpion
scorpion fish
scorpion fly (current term)
scorpion kick
scorpion kicks
scorpion shell
scorpion venoms
scorpion weed
scorpionate
scorpionates
scorpiones
scorpionfish
scorpionfishes
scorpionflies
scorpionfly
scorpionidea
scorpionlike

Literary usage of Scorpion fly

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Insect Book: A Popular Account of the Bees, Wasps, Ants, Grasshoppers by Leland Ossian Howard (1901)
"... History of a scorpion fly (Panorpa rufescens Ramb.^ This species, which is common in our Northern States, ..."

2. The Insect Book: A Popular Account of the Bees, Wasps, Ants, Grasshoppers by Leland Ossian Howard (1905)
"Life History of a scorpion fly (Panorpa rufescens Ramb.^ This species, which is common in our Northern States, ..."

3. Travels of a Pioneer of Commerce in Pigtail and Petticoats: Or, An Overland by Thomas Thornville Cooper (1871)
"... War—A Traitor Viceroy—Mahomedan Progress—The scorpion fly. THE landlord aroused me at daylight, having himself been up long before, in order to prepare ..."

4. Injurious and Useful Insects: An Introduction to the Study of Economic by Louis Compton Miall (1902)
"The resemblance is purely superficial, for the scorpion-fly does not sting, ... The scorpion-fly possesses a more formidable weapon in its long, ..."

5. Library of Natural History by Richard Lydekker (1901)
"The common scorpion fly (Panorpa communis), which may be taken as the type of the COMMON scorpion fly. a. Female depositing her eggs; b. ..."

6. Insect Life: An Introduction to Nature-study and a Guide for Teachers by John Henry Comstock (1901)
"They resemble crane- flies very closely when on the this genus the caudal appendages male are not enlarged as in Panorpa. F1G. 67. Tail of a scorpion- fly. ..."

7. Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener and Country Gentlemen (1874)
"History carries back the name of scorpion fly to the days of Aristotle, who fancied these insects, were winged scorpions of diminutive size, though in the ..."

8. The Americana: A Universal Reference Library, Comprising the Arts and ...by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines (1912)
"The name Scorpion-fly is derived from the appendages attached to the abdomens of some species. In certain species the sixth and seventh joints of the ..."

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