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  • Long-legged Fly - (Chrysosoma spp.)

    Long-legged Fly - (Chrysosoma spp.)

    The metallic Long-Legged Fly is fast and friendly, eating some annoying insects instead of human food.

    Staff Writer (8/16/2017): This metallic green, copper or blue fly with bright red eyes can be found wandering between leaves in a forest, flowers in a meadow or along vegetation at the edges of ponds, lakes or marshes. Their legs are slightly longer in proportion to their bodies compared to other types of flies. They hold their wings away from their body instead of folding them flat against it.

    They feed on smaller insects like aphids, mites, gnats, beetle larva and smaller flies. This makes them beneficial insects as they remove plant-harming predators.

    Little is known about this fly's complete life cycle. Larvae have been found in rotten plant matter, but have also been found feeding on small aquatic organisms as well. This duplicity may be possible because the popular habitat for this fly is near water, allowing the larvae a more diverse growing and feeding ground.

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    Long-legged Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Long-legged Fly
    Scientific Name: Chrysosoma spp.

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

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

    Identifying Colors: green, black, red, brown

    Additional Descriptors: metallic, shiny, flying, 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; Rhose Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virgina; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Sasketchewan; 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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