Geographic location of the bug: Sydney Australia
Time: 02:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This bug was on my herb pot plant never seen it before like to identify
How you want your letter signed: Lady bug
Dear Lady bug,
This is a Long Legged Fly in the family Dolichopodidae, and according to Ecologistics: “Dolichopodidae generally are small flies with large, prominent eyes and a metallic cast to their appearance, though there is considerable variation among the species. Most have long legs, though some do not. In many species the males have unusually large genitalia which are taxonomically useful in identifying species. Most adults are predatory on other small animals, though some may scavenge or act as kleptoparasites of spiders or other predators.” Thanks to images on Save Our Waterways Now, we believe your individual is Austrosciapus connexus, and the site states that though there are other similar looking species: “Austrosciapus connexus is the commonest of them, and found in backyards, gardens, as well as wilder country.” The species is also pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.