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Midge or mosquito? - Aedes vexans - male

Midge or mosquito? - Aedes vexans - Male
Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 16, 2008
Size: 3/8 inch
A member of the Chironomidae family. Feathery white antennae, but can anyone tell me what the other forked object is protruding in front of it. I count six legs but it does look like two more close together.

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Midge or mosquito? - Aedes vexans - male Midge or mosquito? - Aedes vexans - male

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Ah yes, I am sorry I did no
Ah yes, I am sorry I did not ID that one.
It is actually a pretty easy one, for a male. It is Aedes vexans.
The way you can tell is that the hind tarsomeres have thin light bands basally, and most importantly, the light bands on the abdominal tergites are bilobed. This is a feature that is not readily visible in most shots, but in yours seems quite evident.

 
Mosquito
Many, many thanks, Sean. Appreciate your explanatory text.

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Mosquito?
Male mosquitoes look like midges with long mouthparts and tend to perch with their rear legs up instead of front legs up like many Chironomid midges.

 
Mosquito
Thanks for your reply, John. I did not realize how closely the two looked. I first found a midge in the guide and just assumed that was it. You have a question mark behind the name, is it not possible to separate them by photo? Should I move it to the mosquito page?

 
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I've been told that something that looks like a midge or mosquito that has long mouthparts is a mosquito. I'm no expert. I suggest moving to the mosquitoes page. We do have some mosquito experts who check that page from time to time.

 
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OK John, I will move it. Thanks again for pointing this out to me.

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