Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA July 31, 2008 Size: 4mm (5/32")
Long-Legged Fly - Genus Condylostylus. Pretty sure this is Genus Condylostylus although I didn't see many this color in the guide. Please verify genus. Also, can this be narrowed down to species ?
I've said before that Long-Legged Flies have extremely quick reflexes. As soon as the flash goes off they jump and you end up with a picture of nothing or a blurred picture of them in the air. It still completely amazes me how a critter can have millisecond fast reflexes. It just defies logic. However, these blue ones are the absolute quickest of them all. No matter what I did I just could not get a picture of this critter. Every time the flash went off it would jump just in time to be out of the frame. I noticed though that it would react to any quick movements, like the flash or me moving, but had no reaction to very slow movements. So, I finally decided to try to catch it. I got a container with a lid. I very slowly eased the container on the front side and the lid on the back side as close as I thought I could get then snapped them shut around it. I got lucky and caught it! I put it in the refrigerator to chill it to slow it down enough to take these pics. Then I took it back where I found it and released it.
I ordinarily don't spend this much time with one critter but I rarely see these blue ones. I don't know how common these blue ones really are but I don't see them very much at all. But, I wanted to get a decent pic of it just because of its beauty. To me, this is one of those critters, like Io moths, that are so beautiful it almost hurts your eyes to look at them. Natures beauty never ceases to amaze me.
I'm going to go ahead and move these to genus just to help clean up ID Request. However, if anyone can ID this to species it would be greatly appreciated.
Contributed by Sam Houston on 1 August, 2008 - 8:48am Last updated 8 January, 2011 - 1:54pm
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