Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A well-behaved midge.

I thought this was a crane fly. A very small one, very green, but it was shaped like a crane fly; long abdomen, long legs, inflated thorax, big eyes, two wings and halteres.

Very green.

I sent it in to BugGuide. Where it was promptly identified as a midge.

I thought midges were small and black, and lived to bite me. This one is large, for a midge; I didn't get a chance to measure him, but they run from about 1/2 to 3/4 of a centimetre. And he doesn't bite.

Wonderful antennae! They identify him as a male.

He's a male, one of the Chironomini tribe, a relative of the mosquitoes, cousin to the no-see-ums that pester us around sunset, prettier than all of them.

I took his photos and went home for a ruler, When I got back, he was gone, probably looking for a mate. If he finds her, she will lay her eggs in water somewhere, which will be difficult to find since it hasn't rained here for ages. I wish them well.


1 comment:

  1. Now, that is some stunning headgear! So beautiful. Nicely done. =)

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