Beauty Fly


Saw this tiny fly on leaves after a late spring rain.  According to NC State Entomology, it’s a Dolichopodid Fly. A “beneficial predator” that eats aphids and such.

“These very attractive long-legged flies are often seen on foliage in crops and gardens either resting in sunlight, or running and flying quickly between leaves. Adults are predaceous on small insects such as aphids. Larvae are assumed to be predacious, but little is known about most species.”

Also. . .

“The Dolichopodidae s.str., or long-legged flies, are one of the most diverse families of Diptera with over 6600 described species. . .”

Fascinating beauty in a tiny package!

And, I particularly like the shadows. . .

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