Sunday Surprise!

This wee beastie was found in the rose bushes at the end of my garden….I have never seen one before! I did not know what it was so I googled it under ‘bug with wings and a big beak’!!!

So the Sunday Surprise I present to you is a……

Scorpion Fly!

Scorpion Fly!

This is Cynthia Scorpion Fly and I know she is female because her genitals (ahem…on a Sunday too!) are not like a scorpion’s stinger. The male’s genitals (sorry, I know it’s the second time…..SORRY!) are like a scorpion’s stinger!! Unfortunately Steve Scorpion Fly was out for the day hence no photos of him!!

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Here’s some more information about them…..

  • They feed mostly on dead insects, which they frequently steal from the webs of spiders.
  • Mating usually occurs at night. It can be a dangerous time for the male, if he is not careful the female might decide to kill him!
  • To avoid this he presents her with a gift of a drop of saliva which, it seems, in the world of scorpion flies, is the equivalent of a bunch of roses or a box of chocolates.

Well whaddya know!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

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19 comments on “Sunday Surprise!

  1. Chacune son goût, Lizzie … [grin] You do find some weirdies, and that’s a fact. I laughed very loudly at your Sunday embarrassment, especially knowing you … 😉
    They remain terrific photos, regardless of … erhmmm … dubious niceness !

    • Well, the male’s (ahem!) genitals are like a scorpion’s bulbous tail!! And that’s all I know….I did see a picture and the tail rudey bit (so mature!!) was really like a scorpion stinger! 🙂 Thanks

  2. Ahem! Cynthia needs to wear her bloomers — the shame of it all! 😉
    Loved this post 😀

    Thought of you yesterday too — the lilies in my front flowerbed are SWARMING with hoverflies. As soon as I can figure out my new camera (Hooray!) I’ll try to get a photo for you. Won’t be as good as yours though — you continually amaze and delight me.

    • Ah!! Bloomers…there’s the solution! Must find her a pair!! 😉 She must learn to cover her modesty eh!! Especially on a Sunday!
      They are lovely, hoverflies, I still want to take photos of them all the time!! What’s your new camera…not that I know much about any camera but my own!!
      And finally, than you for a lovely compliment! 🙂

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