Long Legged Fly

When I wonder around on our property and look at the leaves of trees and bushes I often see these long-legged flies.  I think this is Condylostylus patibulatus.  It belongs to a bigger group, the family Dolichopodidae.  Bugguide says there are about 1300 species in our area.  The adults and larva are mostly predatory, although some of the larva are leaf miners.  I suspect, however, that as with most flies, the true life cycle is known for only a fraction of that number.  There are probably a number of undescribed species within that group as well, some of which may reside in my back yard.

 

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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