March Flies - Family Bibionidae

This page contains pictures and information about March Flies in Family Bibionidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
The common name 'March Fly' is a bit confusing. In Europe and North America, the term 'March fly' is applied to the family Bibionidae. In Australia, 'March fly' is for other fly family Tabanidae.
Adults in this family are slow moving, usually dark in colour. They are nectar and pollen feeder. Larvae live in soil or plants, feeds on decaying plant materials.
We only found one species in this family.  

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Plecia sp., body length 15mm
This fly was found outside our house in Eight Mile Plains during mid summer. The fly was black in colour with orange thorax. This colour scheme seems mimic a kind of wasp.   
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Last updated: January 11, 2005.