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  • Long-Legged Fly - (Condylostylus spp.)

    Long-Legged Fly - (Condylostylus spp.)

    The fast, jumping movement of the Long-Legged Fly makes is difficult to catch, by predators and photographers alike.




    Staff Writer (6/28/2016): Typically seen darting from leaf to leaf on a plant, Long-Legged Flies are quick predators of smaller plant insects like mites and aphids. They have shiny, metallic colors that are flashy and bright, with long legs that seem more familiar on mosquitoes. This genus has smoky, dark patches on its wings. Males have tufts of hair on their feet that are usually seen best in courtship dancing while attempting to attract females. Larvae may feed on other insect larvae or rotting plant matter; more research needs to be done.

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    Details of the:
    Long-Legged Fly


    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Long-Legged Fly
    Scientific Name: Condylostylus spp.

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Dolichopodidae
           Genus: Condylostylus
            Species: spp.





    Size (Adult, Length): 2mm to 6mm (0.08in to 0.24in)

    Identifying Colors: green, red

    Additional Descriptors: metallic, shiny, flying, fast, helpful


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.





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