Just a quick post to ask if anyone can identify an insect I saw today on this pretty plant I bought yesterday at a garden centre. It’s a Pericallis x hybrida, sold under the trade name of Senetti. The Pericallis is a member of the Aster (daisy) family and I love the bright colours.
But back to the insect.
Having looked online, I am wondering if it is a “true fly” and if it might be a member of the Bibio genus. The St Mark’s fly Bibio marci is supposed to be on the wing around St Mark’s Day, April 25, which is only a fortnight away – and Spring comes earlier these days.
To my naked eye the insect seemed almost a metallic blue-black, but in the photo it has come out with a slightly red-brown tinge, especially around the wonderful compound eyes.
This may be just a trick of the light, as I know these bright Pericallis flowers caused problems with my earlier compact camera, which had great trouble capturing the purple variety I had in 2010…
So, can anyone identify the insect for me?