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Insects captured on purple saxifrage on Svalbard

Observed: 21st July 2013 By: Seahorse
insects in purple saxifrage on Svalbard
other insects on purple saxifrage on Svalbard

Curious whether anyone can ID the insects in these two photos taken on the arctic tundra on Svalbard?


No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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I wonder whether those in the first picture are Chironomid midges, which ought to be common on Svalbard, I would imagine. No more than a suggestion, though.


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svalbard flies

I suggested to Barbara that she put these on iSpot as insects are rather uncommon in Svalbard - I only saw 2 flies in 10 days

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Svalbard interesting sighting.

This might interest you, if you've not seen it...

And there are various papers written on flies there (often Chironomids)...


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