No good flies? These flies good: Ohio’s natural pest controllers

Longlegged FlyNext in our look at Ohio’s beneficial predatory arthropods: Long-legged flies.

“Despite having a generally poor reputation,” their CFAES fact sheet says, “flies are a large and diverse order of insects with a diversity of feeding habits. This generally misunderstood group includes many species that are actually beneficial because of the pest control or pollination services they provide.

“The long-legged flies are just one such group of ‘good flies’ found commonly in Ohio landscapes.

“Long-legged fly larvae and adults feed on a variety of soft-bodied arthropods. They do not bite and pose no threat to humans.”

Read the fact sheet. Next: Harvestmen.

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