Long-legged Flies – Dolichopodidae

These are really tiny flies. Most not more than 1/16 of an inch (1.5mm) they are brightly colored but, so small that most people don’t notice them. They are good to have around swampy areas like SW Florida because they eat smaller insects like no-see-ums. Colors range from brilliant blues and greens to golds and coppery reds. The wings are irridescent.

Tech Data: Both of these were taken with the Nikon D90 and 105mm F2.8 VR Micro-Nikkor. I used the SB-800 flash on both. I set the camera to manual mode and let the flash decide how much light was actually needed for the exposure. The Nikon Creative Lighting System is pretty nifty used this way.


About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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