Garden Guest
Location:  Northern VA, USA
October 3, 2010 8:07 pm
All summer long, I see little tiny flies like this in the garden. Are they good guys?
Signature:  Patty in VA

Longlegged Fly

Dear Patty,
This is a Longlegged Fly in the family Dolichopodidae.  According to BugGuide:  “Mouthparts are for piercing (with a short proboscis). Adults and larvae are predaceous on small insects. Although immatures of some species mine stems of grasses and other plants or live under bark of trees. Not much is known about larval feeding habits although some species are known to be predaceous.
”  They are good guys or at the very least benign guys.

One Response to Longlegged Fly

  1. Kym says:

    These little fellas eat sandflies on the central Qld coast. I love ’em

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