Species: Sciapus sp. (Sciapus sp.)

Family: Long-legged flies (DOLICHOPODIDAE)

Category: Insects (Other)

Location: Widespread

A. Insects (Other)

More extensive information on insects can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Long-legged flies (DOLICHOPODIDAE)

There are more than 7,000 known members of this long-legged fly family. They are small flies with prominent eyes. The majority have long legs. Males have large genitalia - which help with identification.

These types of flies are usually predatory or are scavengers.

C. Sciapus sp. (Sciapus sp.)

This individual has not been identified to species level, so little can be said with exactitude. Its slender and graceful profile is evident.


Sciapus sp.

Look closely at this photograph, and you will see that the red bulge is not the insect's abdomen, but a red tick that is growing out of it. This predatory fly is being predated upon by a different species. Eventually, the fly's blood will be drained, and it will die