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Following the latest government announcement concerning the current Covid-19 pandemic the Society headquarters at Mansion House has now closed.

Where possible emails will be monitored, any urgent enquiries should be forwarded to info@royensoc.co.uk

Membership applications will be put on hold until further notice.

Our "identify that insect" service will continue, but our Director of Science cannot accept any physical samples to inspect during this time. identifythatinsect@royensoc.co.uk

Our Librarian will not have access to our collections from home, but will be happy to try and locate references available to download from the internet. val@royensoc.co.uk

All events and meetings have been cancelled until further notice https://www.royensoc.co.uk/events

We hope that everyone stays well and we hope that normal business can resume soon for everyone, thank you for your understanding during this difficult time that the world finds itself in.

Kirsty Whiteford - Registrar

Scorpionflies (Mecoptera)

Traditionally the Mecoptera have been regarded as closely related to the Diptera and, although this is still accepted, there is increasing evidence that at least one family, the Boreidae, has a closer relationship with the Siphonaptera. If this is true, then it might have implications for the monophyly of the Mecoptera, or else it might mean that the Siphonaptera would be reduced to a subgroup. For the time being, the Mecoptera are an easily recognised group, characterised by the elongate ventrally pointing rostrum or ‘beak’ which has biting and chewing mouthparts at its tip. Both the adult and larval stages are scavengers on a variety of dead animals, usually insects; the adults are most commonly seen at the edges of woodland and similar habitats. The ‘snow fleas’ of the family Boreidae are remarkable for being active throughout the winter; their larvae feed on mosses,  and the dark adults can be conspicuous on the surface of snow. Worldwide there are around 600 known species in 9 families; in Britain there are 4 species in 2 families.

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