Urban Nature's picture

Annoying flies!

Observed: 1st May 2013 By: Urban NatureUrban Nature’s reputation in InvertebratesUrban Nature’s reputation in InvertebratesUrban Nature’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

There was hundreds of these little blighters along a lane, if anyone can tell me what they are that will be fantastic - thanks. I assume they are the same species, as one seems to have a 'fuzzy' head!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a non-biting midge (Chironomidae) interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

fuzziness

The fuzzy head effect comes from the antennae of the male, which are spectacularly hairy!

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Entomologist and biological recorder

nightfly's picture

Would these not fall into the

Would these not fall into the Chironomidae group? They appear more like Chironomids than 'Chaoborids' that I found online- the family name is new to me but have heard Phantom midge used here on iSpot.

Cathal.

Martin Harvey's picture

ID

Sorry Cathal, I hadn't seen your comment when I added my ID, otherwise I would have suggested that you should add it!

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Entomologist and biological recorder

nightfly's picture

No worries Martin, I didnt

No worries Martin, I didnt add it because I wasnt sure about Chaoborids, just thought the flies were very Chironomidae like.

Cathal.