|Scorpionfly on a car hood. Mike Simpson|
This particular specimen is Panorpa nuptialis. They prefer moist areas and dense shrubs but can be found along field edges as well. The scorpionfly isn't a true fly, but belongs to an entirely different family. A member of the fly family will have the "fly" part of its name as a separate word - think "house fly." Non-flies like damselfly, mayfly, etc have the words combined.
|P. Nuptialis at HaHa Tonka- Lee Elliott CC- click to enlarge|
The caterpillar-like larvae eat dead insects like the adults. They go through 4 instars before digging into the soil and pupating. The adults emerge around early September, so it is time to keep your eyes open for them.