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Species Plecia nearctica - Lovebug

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Bibionomorpha (Gnats, Gall Midges, and March Flies)
Family Bibionidae (March Flies)
Genus Plecia (Lovebugs)
Species nearctica (Lovebug)
Explanation of Names
Plecia nearctica Hardy, 1940
black ventrally and laterally on the thorax vs. P. americana (see below)
along se US coast (TX-FL-SC) (BG data)
separate flight periods in the spring and fall (BG data)
Large swarms along the Gulf Coast are attracted to roads, where they are considered a nuisance pest.
See Also
Plecia americana is red ventrally on the thorax and does not fly in fall.
Print References
Hardy DE. 1940. Studies in New World Plecia (Bibionidae: Diptera). Part I. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 13: 15-27.
Internet References
Featured Creatures - H.A. Denmark and F.W. Mead, 2012