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Bibio marci male
Bibio marci male

Bibio marci
The Bibio marci is the most frequently occurring member of the family Bibionidae. Bibio marci are widespread in Europe and Asia. They belong to the order Diptera and are encountered? are common? from March on, swarming out frequently around 25 April.

Bibio marci are black and shiny. Their bodies can reach a length of 8 to 11 mm. They are similar to flies but are the biggest kind of Bibionidae in Europe. Sometimes they appear in large swarms on shrubs and small plants. Bibio marci love to be in the proximity of water and in open landscapes.
Head of Bibionidae - Bibio marci
Head of Bibionidae - Bibio marci
Bibio marci have relatively short antennae (9 sections ). Females and males can be easily differentiated by their eyes. . The males have hemispherical shaped eyes, while the female's eyes are small and on the side of the head. The females are smaller than the males. The males typically let their legs hang down in flight and are rough and hairy. The females are predominantly smooth. The wings of the females appear black, the wings of the males, white.

The main food source of the Bibio marci are different plant juices, nectar and sometimes pollen. Bibio marci like living in bushes, shrubs or on small plants.

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1. Bibio marci male
2. Head of Bibionidae - Bibio marci
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