The metallic Long-legged Fly is fast and friendly, choosing annoying insects for a meal instead of human food scraps.
This metallic green, copper, or even blue fly with bright red eyes can be found jetting between leaves in a forest or around flowers in a meadow. This type of fly is also at home along vegetation at the edges of ponds, lakes, or marshes. Its legs are slightly longer in proportion to its body compared to other types of flies. It holds its wings away from the body instead of folding them flat against it.
A Long-legged Fly feeds on smaller insects like aphids, mites, gnats, beetle larva and smaller flies. This makes it a beneficial insect because it removes plant-harming bugs. Larvae (maggots) have been found in rotten plant matter, but they have also been found feeding on small aquatic organisms as well. This may be possible because common habitat for this fly is near water, allowing the larvae a more diverse growing and feeding ground. Little else is known about this fly's complete life cycle.
Scientific Name: Chrysosoma spp.
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 2mm to 6mm (0.08in to 0.23in)
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