Dolichopus plumipes

Description

This is a small hairy legged fly with a metallic looking green thorax. In this family, the males of many species have strangely adorned legs, with which they impress the females. Dolichopus plumipes is very similar to Dolichopus wahlbergi and detailed examination is necessary to distinguish between the two. Images that appear in a red box indicate that they are representative of Dolichopus plumipes and likely to be this species, but have not been subjected to detailed examination.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Grassland, often in damper areas and at woodland edge.

When to see it

Late May to early September.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Species group:
Flies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Dolichopodidae
Records on NatureSpot:
1
First record:
04/09/2017 (Smith, Ann)
Last record:
04/09/2017 (Smith, Ann)

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