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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Jun 14, 2017 1:19 PM CST
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I searched for the bug ID forum and "ask a question" forum came up. I don't think this is the right place for this but here goes...
Isn't this the most colorful and interesting little thing? It was on my sunflower leaf. Only just barely a quarter inch long.
Does anyone know what it is?
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jun 14, 2017 1:57 PM CST
It looks like it could be a "long-legged fly" (Dolichopodidae), maybe close to this one:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/...
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
Permaculture Composter Canning and food preservation Bee Lover Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Toni
Jun 14, 2017 8:20 PM CST
@sooby Sue -
Thank you very much for the link.
I would say yes that is it, accept the bug guide lists it as 4 mm. The one I photographed was very close to 1/4 inch. That seems too much of a difference.. Shrug! non the less, they are beautiful!
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Jun 15, 2017 2:24 AM CST
The Dolichopodidae can be as small as 1 mm, and according to Bugguide there are around 1,300 species in 60 genera in North America "North of Mexico" so that was just an example of one with a similar body shape and wing pattern. If you can get a sharp picture clearly showing the wing venation it may be possible to get a closer ID.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jun 15, 2017 11:11 AM CST
I agree looks like a long legged fly, they come in metallic gold, blue, green and/or silver. They're so shiny, one of my favorite beneficial bugs. Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
Permaculture Composter Canning and food preservation Bee Lover Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Toni
Jun 15, 2017 12:00 PM CST
@sooby
Sue-

"If you could get a clearer picture"
Rolling on the floor laughing
The Christmas wish list already has a tripod on it nodding
I had never seen one of these flies in my garden before. I love it, and am very glad they are beneficial.
Thank you for your help.
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am

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