Long-Legged Fly (Condylostylus spp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Long-Legged Fly.
Updated: 8/24/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The fast, jumping movement of the Long-Legged Fly makes is difficult to catch, by predators and photographers alike.
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.