Bibio anglicus


The male of this species is small and black, resembling a small St Mark's Fly. The female however is largely brick-red with a black head. Bibio anglicus has black hairs on the abdomen (in both sexes) and black legs.

Similar Species

Bibio hortulanus is similar with black males and red females, however in both the hairs on the abdomen are white.

Identification difficulty

It can often be seen on the flower heads of umbellifers.

When to see it

It flies in April and May.

Life History

Very short flight period.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in England.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Species group:
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
05/05/2008 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
12/05/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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