Long-legged Fly

Sciapus platypterus


Body length 7 - 8mm. The thorax and abdomen are pale metallic and the tip of the abdomen in the male curls under. The mid-tarsi of the male are white, the wings are clear.


Woodland edge and hedgerows. Normally shady spots where they prey on other insects.

Status and distribution

Well distributed throughout Britain but not commonly recorded. One or two records for Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.