Long Legged Fly
Profile, abdomen spots
Long Legged Fly
Long Legged Fly (Hydrophorus cf praecox)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Longlegged Fly (Dolichopodidae)
Species: Long Legged Fly (Hydrophorus cf praecox)
This Photo:     🔍Profile, eye & hair🔎

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Like all long legged flies, these are also metal, but it's not nearly so obvious as most.
It's difficult to know with such small insects what is a real colour and what is a camera artifact as they just look like a little blur with the naked eyes (with with mine anyway

Similar to our other water floating fly, which is a different family.
This one has a line of white hair through the bottom of it's eyes and two white stripes on it's back that are made up of *very* short white hair.

Similar Species: Water Floating Fly (Brachydeutera sydneyensis)

Copyright © 2016-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Nov-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.