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Long-legged Fly (Chrysosoma spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Long-legged Fly



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The metallic Long-legged Fly is fast and friendly, choosing annoying insects for a meal instead of human food scraps.



Updated: 07/09/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Diptera
        Family: Dolichopodidae
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          Genus: Chrysosoma
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Chrysosoma spp.
Category: Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 2mm to 6mm (0.07" to 0.23")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, black, red, brown
Descriptors: metallic, shiny, flying, helpful, emerald, copper
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 2mm and 6mm
Lo: 2mm
Md: 4mm
Hi: 6mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Long-legged Fly may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Long-legged Fly. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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