Dolly portrait


The notion that a fly could be pretty may strike some folk as bizarre, but some Diptera are beautifully coloured and quite graceful. This one posed for me on the lip of a bromeliad leaf.

It’s a Long-legged Fly (Dolichopodidae), one of dozens – probably hundreds – in our garden. Most of them feature metallic greens, golds and bronzes, and it’s only when you look very closely that you notice the silver-grey of the muscular thorax.

They are very small (around 5mm) but are fierce predators in their minuscule world, making a living by taking very small flying insects.

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