came across several of these guys in the parking lot of a local supermarket. Thanks for helping with the identification as Toe Biters – we had never seen such before and having them fly into you at speed before scuttling off was quite shocking. Usual for them to be out and about in upstate New York in mid October?
We believe that Toe Biters will overwinter under the ice and fly on warm days, hence they are often spotted early in the year as well as late in the season. They are also called Electric Light Bugs, probably the reason they were in the parking lot.