Tiny green fly in flight

Keep trying long enough and you get lucky: these little flies (Dolichopodidae, Long-legged flies) have an infuriating habit of jumping at the first sound of the camera and being out of shot completely by the time the shutter opens, or just a blur. They are very fast. This one didn’t get away.

As usual, clicking on the photo will take you to a larger version.

The flies themselves are common in my garden all year. They are down in the 3 – 4 mm size range and I don’t know how many species we have. Graeme Cocks illustrates five local species out of the 320 Australian species, but they are so similar to the naked eye that I haven’t tried to sort mine out.

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