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Large midge

Observed: 11th April 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in Invertebrates
Chironomus profile
Chironomid head on
Chironomid silhouette
Midge terminalia
Midge treminalia profile
Description:

Large 1cm, pale midge with very bushy antennae. A few males flying slowly over heathland and hanging on grasses, bushes by middle legs, "twirling" antennae from time to time.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Non-biting midge (Chironomidae) interacts

Comments

John Bratton's picture

You might get a genus if you

You might get a genus if you post microphotographs of the terminalia.

Nick Upton's picture

Terminalia

Many thanks for this advice John. I've attached crops of the clearest views I have but suspect I'll need to try again with some extension tubes for some closer views before these can be taken to genus. I've mostly focused on the photogenic antennae to date, but now I know which attributes to try and capture in detail for further ID.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.