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Subfamily Dolichopodinae

long-legged fly - Dolichopus - male 2.5x macro shot of some kind of long legged fly - Dolichopus funditor - male Fly - Dolichopus - male Fly - Dolichopus - male longlegged fly - Gymnopternus opacus Fly - Dolichopus scapularis - male pale-legged dolichopodid - Gymnopternus Unknown Fly - Dolichopus - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Orthorrhapha)
Superfamily Empidoidea
Family Dolichopodidae (Longlegged Flies)
Subfamily Dolichopodinae
6 genera in our area(1)
In North America most species and individuals fall into two genus groups. One includes Dolichopus, Gymnopternus, and Ethiromyia. This group generally has vein M nearly straight beyond the crossvein. The thorax is usually metallic bright green to nearly black, without spots but occasionally with bronze stripes. The other genus group includes Tachytrechus, Paraclius, and Pelastoneurus. The Tachytrechus group generally has vein M strongly bent towards R4+5 after the crossvein and often has spots or light or dark patches on the thorax.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Dolichopodidae (Diptera) of America north of Mexico
Marc A. A. Pollet et al. 2003. American Museum of Natural History.