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Bibio anglicus female


Bibio anglicus female
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2016-12-09 7:36
Viewed: 1073
Points: 2
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Bibio anglicus Verrall, 1869
Diptera: Bibionidae
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.
Thanks.
Ram

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