Beneficial Garden Insect
Dolichopodidae (Long-Legged Fly).
Image courtesy of Jim Thompson, Belerion Books
are small (4-9 mm), slender flies,
which are usually brilliantly colored
with metallic hues of green, blue,
copper, gold, and silver. Some species
are gray or black. They are
characterized by 2 long wings and long slender legs.
in diverse habitats; larvae are
commonly found in moist soil and under
tree bark and adults are often
abundant near streams, and are found
on foliage, tree bark, and flowers of
various plants. Both larvae and adults
are predaceous on many other insects
and small arthropods, including mites,
thrips, psocids, aphids, and other
insects larvae. The maggot like larvae
of the long-legged fly are found in
such habitats as soil, rotted
vegetation, mud, and under bark. Most
are predators or scavengers.
these are beneficial insects, no
control is necessary.
Source: Sciapodinae, Medeterinae (Insecta: Diptera) with a Generic Review of the Dolichopodidae, Vol. 23