Subject:  Iridescent green flying bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Culver City CA
Date: 06/19/2021
Time: 05:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Any idea what these are, they are an unfortunate side catch on a trap for pegomya betae on my beets and chard, they are the most amazing green color
Quick Update:  just did a reverse search and found this, Austrosciapus proximus
seems to be the same little fly.
are these common here, seems like along way from australia….
How you want your letter signed:  bug fan

Trapped Long Legged Flies

Dear bug fan,
While we doubt these are
Austrosciapus proximus, we agree that they are Long Legged Flies in the family Dolichopodidae.  They might be Condylostylus longicornis which are pictured on the Natural History of Orange County website.  It is unfortunate that they were trapped while attempting to control the invasive species Pegomya betae which is pictured on BugGuide.  You did not indicate if your traps were effective with the targeted pest species.

Long Legged Flies accidentally trapped

Thanks for your reply,
I was unaware of these little guys and sad that they were trapped, beautiful and apparently helpful, the traps did work quite well against the beet miners… really horrible destructive pests
thanks
Richard

Location: Culver City, California

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