March Flies

Subject: Black, red-headed beetle.
Location: Coastal Connecticut, USA
October 2, 2016 12:29 pm
Please help me identify these little chaps. Our flowering plants are full of them. They seem to be browsing on the flowers, rather than eating the leaves (at least, so far).
Signature: Doug

March Flies
March Flies

Dear Doug,
These are not Beetles.  They are March Flies in the family Bibionidae, and we believe they may be female
Bibio longipes, a species according to BugGuide that is a  “fall-flying species. Females are distinguished by their reddish color.”

March Fly
March Fly

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