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Green Long-legged Fly - Poecilobothrus nobilitatus
Green Long-legged Fly - Poecilobothrus nobilitatus

Green long-legged fly
The green long-legged fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus) belongs to the order Diptera, the family long-legged flies (Dolichopodidae) and to the genus Poecilobothrus. This species is commonly found throughout the world especially in Europe. The green long-legged fly reaches body lengths of 2-8 mm. The males are larger than the females. The bodies of the flies are brightly coloured and have a metallic sheen. Their large compound eyes have a red and greenish shimmer.
Poecilobothrus nobilitatus - Green Long-legged Fly
Poecilobothrus nobilitatus - Green Long-legged Fly
The antennae of the males and females differ in shape. Their mouth parts are designed for preying on small insects. The thorax of the green long-legged fly is shiny, gold-green and hairy.
Green Long-legged Fly - Frontview
Green Long-legged Fly - Frontview
The veins in their wings are set back strongly and only appear clearly in the front of the wings. The wings of the males have white tips. The green long-legged fly has very long, hairy, spiky-looking, brownish-coloured legs and it can run and jump perfectly. It flies only to change location over longer distances. Its long legs allow it to pull prey out of the soil or to fish them from water.
Green Long-legged Fly flying
Green Long-legged Fly flying
Green long-legged flies prefer to be in the vicinity of small rivers, streams and ponds. They feed on honeydew, which they find on the leaves of plants, but they mainly survive by preying on worms, small insects and their larvae.
Green Long-legged Fly at takeoff
Green Long-legged Fly at takeoff
The females lay their eggs on rotting plants, under bark or in reeds, using a special ovipositor which enables them to bore holes. After hatching, the larvae feed initially on the surrounding plant substrates. In a later stage of their development they prey on small insects, just as the adultsdo. After the last larval stage, the larvae pupate. The pupae are spun in a cocoon of silk and have long breathing tubes.

Poecilobothrus nobilitatus
Common namesGreen Long-legged Fly
German namesGrüne Langbeinfliege
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1767

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire))))), Ireland), Germany, Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark)), South Europe (Italy (North Italy, South Italy)), West Europe (Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands)), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic), East Europe (Ukraine (Crimea))
European Russia (Central European Russia (Ryazan Oblast))
North Caucasus

CountriesBelgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom
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1. Green Long-legged Fly - Poecilobothrus nobilitatus
2. Poecilobothrus nobilitatus - Green Long-legged Fly
3. Green Long-legged Fly - Frontview
4. Green Long-legged Fly flying
5. Green Long-legged Fly at takeoff
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