Subject: Orange Belly Fly/mosquito
Location: Mississippi, United States
September 7, 2013 10:26 am
Can you please tell me what these are? They are the most annoying insects more annoying than flies or mosquitos!
We wish you had a dorsal view of this insect, which we believe is a March Fly in the genus Plecia, commonly called a Lovebug because mated pairs remain joined for an extended period of time. They can get very common in the south when they form huge swarms. According to BugGuide, they are also known as Honeymoon Flies.
Thanks for sending a dorsal view. We no longer believe this is a Lovebug, but we still believe it is some species of March Fly.