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Owl Midge 0908

Observed: 2nd May 2012 By: Wildlife Ranger
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Owl midges, AKA moth flies, about 3-5 mm This one on Ramsons adjacent Damp Brook

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I found one like this

I found one like this yesterday mid-morning at the pond's edge, and read that they're mostly nocturnal, so wasn't sure about it. Is this one of the - minority? - daytime groups or species?

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Owl Midges

Not sure Jeremy they are associated with water and damp this one nr a Beck - lots of decaying vegetation for larvae although this was on Ramsons , seemed to adopting various postures perhaps mating rituals etc .

The larvae are aquatic or semi-aquatic and are very common in sewers and drains

Possibly one of the two Genera below

Genus Pericoma (a genus of moth flies)
Genus Psychoda (a genus of moth flies)

Poss Pericoma fuliginosa

They are associated with Arum - and reports of them being located in the Capsule appear to confirm this

Not sure if they are nocturnal or not

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