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Fly (Long legged bronze) Parentia spp

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Diptera
Suborder:   Brachycera
Infraorder: Asilomorpha
Superfamily:       Empidoidea
Family:      Dolichopodidae
Genus:      Parentia
Species: Parentia spp.
Common name:  Long legged flies, Running flies,

Parentia species are small bristly long legged native flies with a slender tapered body. Several of the species have metallic colours such as green, blue and bronze.

Photo is of a male, note the apical flags on end of antennae. They contain thermosensory neurons that respond to temperature decreases.