St Mark’s Fly

Every Spring these unmistakeable flies appear for only a short time, spending the large majority of their lives as larvae in the grassland soil. They have jet black bodies and the males hang in the air in large numbers, legs dangling, waiting to spot females.

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During the week or so of their existence as winged adults they apparently feed on nectar, pollinating flowers, and most importantly (for them) find mates, after which the females lay eggs and all expire, job done!

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