Long-legged Fly

Rhaphium crassipes


Body length 5mm. A small 'Doli' with long, thick, black hind legs and broad, black tibia on the mid-legs. The thorax and abdomen are metallic bronze.


Damp patches close to ditches and still water. The adults prey on small insects and the larvae feed on invertebrates in the soil.

Status and distribution

Widespread throughout Britain but thinly reported. There are a few records for Nottinghamshire and recorded twice at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.