The antennae are plumose, so a male.
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Is there a reason why it is this genus, or did you mean to put Chironomidae? I can't comment...a difficult lot of flies!
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I had the limited aim of matching an image of an adult midge to a picture of a blood worm in our pond. I simply took the species name from Chinery's 2007 book.
Yes, you could well be right...I just wondered whether there was some feature which narrowed it to Chironomus.
Chironomidae consist of 608 species in 139 genera in Britain, apparently. Generally, people just leave them at Family level when adding a photo.
Thanks. I'll bear this in mind when I try to look into our Chironomidae more. We have at least one smaller species around.
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