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Chironomidae - male

Chironomidae - Male
Prospect Hill, Caswell County, North Carolina, USA
June 22, 2009

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Chironomidae - male Chironomidae - male

Moved from Chironomini.

Moved from Chironominae.

The ones with the long front legs held up in the air are subfamily Chironominae. Further ID requires distinctive markings or, more often, a closeup of male genitalia. This might be Chironomus decorus -- it has distinctive pigmentation on certain wing veins -- but I can't tell for sure.

their legs
seem to be broken a lot, at least those front ones...

Broken legs
I have noticed a lot of front legs broken off after the tibia. Somebody speculated that they are often lost emerging from the pupa.

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