Long-Legged Flies

Long Legged Flies

Long-Legged Flies
Left: Mating; Right: Feeding

My trip to Colorado in May 2015 was highlighted by rain every day, 2 hail storms, cool to snowy weather and too early for most insect activity. One exception was a pond in Gunnison, Colorado that had activity in spite of the below freezing temperatures on some nights. Long-Legged Flies (Hydrophorus spp.) were actively skating on the surface of the pond, feeding on other insects, mating and engaged in other Long-Legged Fly activities. These tiny flies move with ease, all six legs in contact with the water.  Unlike water striders, their legs do not create a noticeable meniscus (depression) on the water surface.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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