Anti-freeze Scorpionflies

Anti-freeze Scorpionflies

Observation - Anti-freeze Scorpionflies - UK and Ireland. Description: A sunny day finally allowed the chance to spend time prostrate on the heath, staring at moss, in the hope of finding these tiny scorpionflies, sometimes known as Snow Fleas. Lots out today and it was interesting to see how a male struggles with a female f

A sunny day finally allowed the chance to spend time prostrate on the heath, staring at moss, in the hope of finding these tiny scorpionflies, sometimes known as Snow Fleas. Lots out today and it was interesting to see how a male struggles with a female for many minutes, clinging to her legs with his vestigial, spine-like wings and some sort of claspers at the rear end. Eventually they couple up and spend a long time in cop., with the male walking around and even hopping if disturbed, all the while with the female on his back. His wings can be seen hooked around her forelegs.

Tiny creatures...the final picture shows them amid rabbit droppings.