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Species Ablabesmyia peleensis

Midge - Ablabesmyia peleensis - male Midge - Ablabesmyia peleensis - male Found hiding on a tree - Ablabesmyia peleensis - male Ablabesmyia? - Ablabesmyia peleensis - male
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 Tanypodinae
Tribe Pentaneurini
Genus Ablabesmyia
No Taxon (subgenus Karelia)
Species peleensis (Ablabesmyia peleensis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tanypus peleensis Walley 1926
Explanation of Names
"Peleensis" means "from Pelee", specifically Point Pelee, Ontario.
Based on variation of immature stages, Roback (1985) suggested A. peleensis could be a group of three species indistinguishable as adults.
Eastern North America
Roback (1985) wrote of the immature stages: This is a common and widespread species commonly found in bottom sediments or on submerged vegetation. I have found it to be common on the underside of lily (Nymphaea) pads.
See Also
Ablabesmyia illinoensis has a wider middle band on front tibia, dark markings on the front abdominal segments, more brown on genitalia, and a few more hairs on the thorax. The species often occur together and may hybridize.(1) A. philosphagnos from Florida is practically indistinguishable as an adult.
Works Cited
1.Adults of the Subfamily Tanypodinae in North America
Selwyn S. Roback. 1971. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.