Plecia foersteri Theobald 1937 (love bug)

Insecta - Diptera - Bibionidae

Synonyms: Plecia oviformis Theobald 1937, Plecia splendida Theobald 1937

Full reference: N. Theobald. 1937. Les insectes fossiles des terrains oligocènes de France. Bulletin Mensuel (Mémoires) de la Société des Sciences de Nancy 1:1-473

Belongs to Plecia according to J. Skartveit and S. Wedmann 2021

See also Skartveit and Nel 2017 and Theobald 1937

Sister taxa: Bibio cylindratus, Clothonopsis, Clothonopsis miocenica, Plecia acourti, Plecia aculeolata, Plecia akerionana, Plecia amagua, Plecia angustipennis, Plecia angustiventris, Plecia assonensis, Plecia avus, Plecia axeliana, Plecia baglii, Plecia bivalvula, Plecia borussica, Plecia brunneipennis, Plecia brunniptera, Plecia bucklandi, Plecia cairnesi, Plecia canadensis, Plecia capitata, Plecia castellaroi, Plecia chapuisii, Plecia clavifemur, Plecia collossea, Plecia conica, Plecia curtula, Plecia decapitata, Plecia dejecta, Plecia diatoma, Plecia dilatata, Plecia dubia, Plecia dumasi, Plecia elatior, Plecia exigua, Plecia explanata, Plecia exposititia, Plecia fumosa, Plecia gracilenta, Plecia gracilentula, Plecia gracillima, Plecia gradata, Plecia grossa, Plecia hilaris, Plecia hoffeinsorum, Plecia hypogaea, Plecia inflata, Plecia inflata, Plecia intima, Plecia joannis, Plecia jucunda, Plecia kanetakii, Plecia kelownaensis, Plecia kudiella, Plecia kuznetzovi, Plecia larguensis, Plecia larteti, Plecia livida, Plecia longipennis, Plecia luctuosa, Plecia ludongensis, Plecia lugubris, Plecia luteola, Plecia lygaeoides, Plecia macilenta, Plecia macrocephala, Plecia maimensis, Plecia melanderi, Plecia minutula, Plecia morio, Plecia myersi, Plecia nana, Plecia obsitula, Plecia orycta, Plecia oustaleti, Plecia painvini, Plecia pallida, Plecia parisiensis, Plecia pealei, Plecia pennata, Plecia pictipennis, Plecia pinguis, Plecia pisaurensis, Plecia platoptera, Plecia platyptera, Plecia prisca, Plecia pristina, Plecia proserpina, Plecia pulchra, Plecia pulla, Plecia quaesita, Plecia rectivenia, Plecia redempta, Plecia reducta, Plecia refracta, Plecia retracta, Plecia rhenana, Plecia rhodopterina, Plecia rubescens, Plecia sauvagei, Plecia similkameena, Plecia sluiteri, Plecia solaris, Plecia spinula, Plecia sturmi, Plecia stygia, Plecia tessella, Plecia theobaldi, Plecia transitoria, Plecia tulameenensis, Plecia undans, Plecia vergnei, Plecia villosa, Plecia volgeri, Plecia vulcania, Plecia winchesteri, Plecia winnertzi, Plecia woodruffi

Type specimens:

  • Plecia foersteri: Marseilles Museum C84, an exoskeleton. Its type locality is Kleinkembs, which is in a Rupelian lacustrine - large marl/limestone in the Salt Formation of Germany.
  • Plecia oviformis: Bale Museum R 418, an exoskeleton. Its type locality is Kleinkembs, which is in a Rupelian lacustrine - large marl/limestone in the Salt Formation of Germany.
  • Plecia splendida: Marseilles Museum C80, an exoskeleton. Its type locality is Célas, Gard (Museum Marseille collection), which is in a Priabonian lacustrine marl in France.



• Oligocene of France (9 collections), Germany (2)

• Eocene of France (2)

Total: 13 collections including 17 occurrences

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