Bibio anglicus female
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|Bibio anglicus Verrall, 1869|
Common name: Marsh fly
Bibio anglicus is very common in nothern Europe, West France , North Africa and Meditteranean countries. They are very good pollinators of Umbeliferae. Here it feeds on flowers of Ferula communis. The larvae feed on decaying vegetation in open grasslands and along the edges of disturbed woods.
Adults feed on nectar and probably pollinate flowers. The sexes are easily distinguished. During and after mating, pairs remain coupled for up to 48 hours, even while flying. After mating, the females burrow into the soil and lay eggs. There are two generations each year, one in May and the other in September. At these two times, swarms of lovebugs fly along highways for several weeks, apparently attracted to chemicals in the exhaust of gasoline and diesel engines. Once a car hits a swam, the insect blood can corrode the car's finish.
Birds, lizards, and dragonflies avoid eating these insects.
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Good capture, Nikos, though I would prefer more space in front of the subject.
The colours in particular are nice to look at.