Dolichopodid Flies - Family Dolichopodidae

This page contains pictures and information about Dolichopodid Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 6mm 

Dolichopodid Flies are small to minute in size with bright metallic colors, mostly green or bronze. Their legs are long so they also have other common name Long-legged Flies. Adult Dolichopodid Flies feed on smaller soft body insects such as aphids

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

Green Long Legged Fly I
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Heteropsilopus sp. or Sciapus sp., subfamily Sciapodinae, body length 6mm
This fly is commonly seen in our back yard. Its body is metallic green and its wings are transparent clear. They usually rest on board leaves looking for small soft-bodied insects. They are common in Brisbane.
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                                                                                                       Photo: Keith Power, Toowoomba
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Green Long Legged Fly II
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Austrosciapus connexus, subfamily Sciapodinae, body length 6mm
This fly is  metallic green and its wings are transparent with black pattern. They are common in Brisbane.
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Last updated: January 11, 2005.