March Fly

Subject: Black bug with orange belly
Location: Charleston, SC
May 5, 2014 5:07 pm
I live in Charleston, SC and just today have seen many black flying bugs (1/2 inch long) with orange bellies all around town…literally everywhere I go.
Signature: -Evan

March Fly
March Fly

Hi Evan,
This appears to be a March Fly in the family Bibionidae, but there is not enough detail in your images to provide a more specific identification.  See BugGuide for more information on the family.

That’s what I thought too (“love bug” but they don’t have the orange behind their heads. Perhaps just a different type.
Thanks Daniel!

Lovebugs, which generally live further South, are one type of March Fly.

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