Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Condylostylus mundus: Garden Gem

This tiny (4mm) metallic blue fly, Condylostylus mundus, is a member of  the 1,275 species family Dolichopodidae and is a valuable predator in any garden.  They eat great quantities of mites and aphids.  This one, blue, is a male....the females are metallic green.

I believe this to be a female....but the genus Condylostylus has 40 species in North America, so I could be mistaken.
The wings are hyaline and without pattern and the legs are all black.  They have a domestic range from Florida north to North Carolina and are also found in the West Indies and Brazil.

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