I spotted it on my Phlox Nicki, there were flies too but I didn't realise the fly at the tip was glued on with a spider's web!
It landed on the leaf, then went under it and was eating a dead fly. I have read that wasps take insects back to the nest and eat them, regorging them to feed their young, although the adults are vegetarian. I have not found a wasp that has this type of tail.
It took no notice of me, I managed to get a few good close up shots.
Scorpionfly, genus Panorpa. Weird little critters, not closely related to either hornets or flies (despite the name). This one is a male; the females lack the scorpion-like bit on the end that gave these guys their name.
Panorpa communis is kinda what I was thinking from dinking around online a bit, but I really don't know anything about the various species of Panorpa. I haven't seen one in the US, but maybe they're more abundant places I haven't visited.
Patrick, I saw a few google images of others and none other than the germanica came close, they had different bodies.
Patti, nice? Wonderful detail yes! AArrrggghhhhhhhh! I think a new sci-fi movie would do well with this one! Can you see people glued to the leaves like those flies, with this enormous creature having a feast?
podster, handsome? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! They look to have a pincer arangement on the tail end, this pic shows it more clearly (I did say I got few!)