A beautiful fly that eats aphids

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  1. The PondFather

    The PondFather New Seed

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    Saw this 1/4" long fly on my Lotus leaf day after day so finally decided to take a closer look. Shot with a macro lens and then blew it up a little farther to discover some pretty neat coloration. From other internet photos it looks like a long-legged green fly from the Dolichopodid family. So they are "beneficial predators" and very common in the Eastern U.S. both around ponds and crops. Green long legged Dolichopodid fly on Lotus.jpg
     
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  2. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Pretty and beneficial... can't beat that!
     
  3. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I could do with some of them here to eat the midges!!
     

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