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280 days of Urbpandemonium #199

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These black midge-like flies were hovering all around the wet woods we were walking in northern Vermont. I swatted one out of the air with my hat--my favorite flying insect catch method, as it usually stuns but does not injure the insect. Getting a better look at the fly showed me that it wasn't a midge, but looked more like a March fly. But it was October.

March flies get that name because they suddenly appear in great numbers in early spring. The males hover in swarms over the places where the females emerge in anticipation of mating. A few species of "March flies" instead emerge in autumn, including the male fly pictured here Bibio slossonae.*

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*Bibio is a Latin word that suggests an insect that is generated by wine--perhaps more fitting for Drosophila. The species name is in honor of entomologist Annie Trumbull Slosson.

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darkest_diary
Nov. 7th, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
They almost look like those 'love bugs' minus the red dot on them.
urbpan
Nov. 7th, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
Same family, Bibionidae
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