The Orange-banded Black Scorpionfly (Panorpa nuptialis) is in the insect order Mecoptera and the Family Panorpidae. There are several hundred species in the order of Mecoptera, and many are called scorpionflies of various types. This page has images of only one species, Panorpa nuptialis. This species may be encountered in the south central United States and, at least in my experience, is usually seen in late summer and fall. This is a species which is a predator on other insects but may also feed on dead organisms. It is harmless to humans. They have odd looking, elongated bodies with long mandibles and orange and black wings. The first three images on this page were taken in Gonzales, Gonzales Co., Texas, in October, 2004, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and an EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The next two shots show an Orange-banded Black Scorpionfly in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in November, 2010. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens.
The next five shots were also taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in November, 2010, and show a group of Orange-banded Black Scorpionflies feeding on the carcass of a bee.