Diptera, Brachycera, Empidoidea, Dolichopodidae

Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:02 pm

Family Dolichopodidae (Dolichopodid Flies, Long-legged Flies)

Dolichopodid Flies are minute to small in size with bright metallic colors, mostly green or bronze. They usually have slender body and large eyes. They have taped long antenna. Their legs are long so they have other common name Long-legged Flies. Their wings are clear or marked with darker areas towards the wing tips. Wing venation is characteristic. They are very good fliers but usually found resting on large green leaves. They are also found rest on tree trunks, muddy ground and river rocks.

They are predator. Adult Dolichopodid Flies' mouthparts are modified for predation, but not elongated. They feed on smaller soft body insects such as aphids. We usually found those Dolichopodid Flies resting on large leaves. They can also be found on tree trunks, mud flats and river rocks.

Larvae are maggot-like. They are usually found in moist soil and under tree bark. They are either scavengers or predators of other insects larvae.

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