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Long-Legged Fly

Condylostylus sp.

Photo © by Mike Plagens

This insect was photographed using a Nikon CoolPix 990 on 30 June 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. It is roughly 3.5 mm in length.

Dolichopodidae -- Long-leggged Fly Family

Long-Legged Flies are lively little gems that run about on the surfaces of leaves. They are usually irridescent green, gold and/or copper. They do not grow into big flies, because they are already full sized adults.

The immature stages, called larvae or maggots, are mostly beneficial in that they are predators upon other insects. They commonly live in the thatch or soil layer organic debris where they catch minute things like mites and nematodes. Requiring a certain amount of moisture Condylostylus are to be found in mostly urban, agricultural and riparian habitats in the Sonoran Desert.

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