This teeny-tiny, orange and green midge turned up on my wall in the evening and hung around long enough for me to get a few photos. He didn't like the light when I aimed it at him, by which I gather that he's a night flier.
|Non-biting midge, Tanytarsini sp.|
He is about 2 millimetres long, or a bit less. I sent his photo in to BugGuide, and they identified him as one of the non-biting midges, of the sub-family Chironominae, and the tribe Tanytarsini. (Those people at BugGuide are amazing; I sent in the photo at midnight, and at 7 in the morning, they'd already moved him into the right place!)
|Front end in focus.|
Midges are related to the mosquitoes. Some bite, like the noseeums that pester us in the summer. And then there's this whole harmless sub-family; they don't bite, but serve as food for swallows and frogs. And, of course, spiders.