DE: Schnabelfliegen, EN: scorpionflies
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Mecoptera

Mecoptera (from the Greek: meco- = "long", -ptera = "wings") are sometimes called scorpionflies after their largest family, Panorpidae, in which the males have enlarged genitals that look similar to the stinger of a scorpion. Mecoptera have special importance in evolution of Insecta. Two of the most important insect orders, Lepidoptera and Diptera, along with Trichoptera, evolved from ancestors belonging to or strictly related to Mecoptera.