March fly

6442. Found outside in research plots in a field near Vanscoy. Two of the same insect were seen fighting. Many have been spotted around the wheat and canola plots. Do not know if they are eating or damaging any of the crops. Insect is approximately an inch long. Have seen them walking/gliding over the ground by walking and possibly using its wings. Have seen none getting higher than a foot off the ground. The days the pictures were taken, approximately 2 weeks ago, it was warm out (not hot) and partially cloudy. Prairie Ln Road, North of Highway 7
Vanscoy, Saskatchewan. Canada

Number 6442. This is a March fly (Diptera: Bibionidae). Most species are harmless; the larvae of a few can be pests, feeding on underground plant parts. Click here for more detailed information