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Non-biting chironomid midge

Observed: 1st April 2011 By: Tony TownerTony Towner’s reputation in InvertebratesTony Towner’s reputation in InvertebratesTony Towner’s reputation in Invertebrates

This interesting insect was found in my moth trap.
I'm leaning towards some sort of large midge.
The grid lines are 5mm square in the bottom of inspection pot and give some sort of indication of size.
Could it be a female Chironomus plumosus?

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Species with which Chironomidae interacts


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Hi Tony, I had some of those in my moth trap at the weekend as well, quite impressive beasts aren't they? (well, impressive for a chironomid anyway!)

I'm afraid I don't know what species they are.

Entomologist and biological recorder