Panorpa germanica (Linnaeus, 1748)
Despite looking ferocious, Scorpion Flies are actually harmless. They are very common in most habitats (most especially hedgerows) spending most of their time resting on vegetation. Primarily carnivorous, they prefer a diet of dead insects and carrion etc, but will occasionally eat rotting vegetable matter. There are four members of the Panorpidae family in the UK and they are fairly large insects, measuring about 2.5cm in length. Found throughout most of the Summer months, the first adults usually appear from late April onwards. Identification of the four UK species is difficult from photographs.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Panorpa germanica
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Wil Heeney.

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Updated February 2017

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