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Genus Plecia - Lovebugs

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Classification
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)
Other Common Names
Honeymoon Flies(1)
Explanation of Names
common names reflect the habit of flying in copula, in which they may remain in for up to 3 days(1)
Numbers
2 spp. in our area, >250 spp. total(1)
Size
13-15 mm
Identification
Dark flies with prominent reddish thorax. Diagnosis in(1); key to species
Range
worldwide, by far most diverse in tropical regions(1)
Season
Spring (Apr-Jun), and fall (Aug-Oct)
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on the soil surface(1)
Remarks
swarming copulating adults are considered a nuisance pest along Gulf Coast where they are attracted to automobile exhaust on roadways(1)
Print References
see selected refs - Featured Creatures
Internet References
Featured Creatures - H.A. Denmark and F.W. Mead, 2012
Works Cited
1.Evolution and classification of Bibionidae (Diptera: Bibionomorpha)
S.J. Fitzgerald. 2005. Ph.D. Thesis, Oregon State University. 385 pp.