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March fly on a leaf

Male March fly (family: Bibionidae)

Order: Diptera

Also known as "love bugs"

Berkeley, California

 

These were hovering around a bush one day, about 60 of them. I waited for one to land and got this shot. Although it's not visible from this angle, they have a very thin and relatively long abdomen (or tail). Here the abdomen, except for a few hairs, lies completely hidden behind the front wing -- with some room to spare.

 

Here's a link to my shot of one in flight (as seen in profile) -- March fly in flight.

 

Bibionid flies are important pollinators of many plants.

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Taken on April 17, 2010