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(Greek, meco = long; pteron = wing)
Common Names: scorpion-flies, hanging flies
Distribution: Cosmopolitan

Mecoptera, or scorpionflies, are easily recognized by their elongate mouthparts. This is not a very diverse group, but the families tend to look very different from one another, as you can see from these photographs of our three most common families (snow scorpionflies, common scorpionflies, hanging scorpionflies).