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Hi,

I'm finding a lot of black bugs in my hives. They are about 18mm long. They look a lot like a giant mosquito, complete with wings and probiscus.

 

Will try and find a photo of one soon.

 

Does anyone have any idea what insect it could be? The bees seem to happily tolerate them, but my bee suit gets covered (eg: 100 on my suit) whenever I visit the apirary.

 

Failing that, does anyone know of a New Zealand insect identification website? Not just a site of pictures, but something that can help filter results to find the right bug.

 

Thanks

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In your hives seems a little odd. Description sounds like they could be March Flies (Dilophus nigrostigma). Lots of these around at the moment but have never seen them in hives.

PS. If you can supply a photo I should be able to work it out for you.

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Description sounds like they could be March Flies (Dilophus nigrostigma).

 

Bingo! Here are some photos I got over the weekend.

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I'll keep a close look out next time to see if they're actually in the hive, or just making their way in when I open the hive.

 

Some of them have a red dot on their back (looks like red propolis) and must be Bibio Hortulanus.

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