|Laurie's "Love Bug" in a bug box|
Stuck in Springfield with no field guides, I sent the photo to Dr. David Bowles from MSU and he quickly answered my call for help. "Its a March fly (family Bibionidae, probably Bibio)."
|Male March fly - Note the horizontally divided compound eye|
- Body usually black covered with long hair
- Antennae short, placed low on face
- Ocelli (simple eyes) present
- Males with large compound eyes, divided into upper and lower sections
- Wings clear or dark, some species have a dark spot on the anterior margin
Bull Creek March Fly, Biblio male - note dark spot on anterior wing - REK
* My favorite "bug boxes" for collecting insects and butterflies are plastic baby food containers and small sauce containers from Indian and Chinese take-out restaurants.
The Bug Lady from the Wisconsin Field Station has this entertaining blog with more details.