Long Legged Fly

The long-legged fly is from the dolichopodidae family. They make up a large family of true flies with more than 7,000 described species in about 230 genera distributed worldwide. They are small and bristly with long strong legs. They are often metallic green with bronze or blue reflections. These flies feed on other small insects. They live in vegetation under trees and shrubs or at the edge of water. The males often have enlarged genitalia which can be useful for species recognition. The adults are predatory on other small animals.
Many thanks to Zane for this stunning macro.

Long Legged Fly


  1. Ernie Cooper

    Really nice photo!

    1. Sean Allen (Post author)

      Thanks for the comment Ernie, but my brother in law, Zane, took this one. A brilliant shot IMHO.

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