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Genus Polypedilum

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Culicomorpha (Mosquitoes and Midges)
Family Chironomidae (Non-biting Midges)
Subfamily Chironominae
Tribe Chironomini
No Taxon (Polypedilum Group)
Genus Polypedilum
Identification
Male abdominal tergite 8 triangular (most distinguishing feature):

Male flagellum 13-segmented (typical for Chironomini, but the common Chironomus group of genera has an 11-segemented male flagellum). Pulvilli deeply divided (requires microscope).

Color varies widely within the genus, from pale to dark. Some species have spotted wings. A few species have hairy wings; this is very unusual within Chironomini though common in Tanytarsini (which may also have triangular 8th tergite).
Habitat
Larvae are aquatic, like all Chironominae, and are often wood or leaf miners. P. ontario is often found in pupal cases of hydropsochid caddisflies; some other speces are associated with Psilotreta.(1)
Remarks
One of the most widespread and speciose genera of Chironomidae.