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Genus Clinohelea

Biting Midge - Clinohelea currei - female Leaf midge - Clinohelea currei - female Leaf midge - Clinohelea currei - female Biting Midge - Clinohelea bimaculata - female Biting Midge - Clinohelea bimaculata - female Clinohelea bimaculata? - Clinohelea currei biting midge - Clinohelea bimaculata - male biting midge - Clinohelea bimaculata
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 Ceratopogonidae (Biting Midges)
Subfamily Ceratopogoninae
Tribe Heteromyiini
Genus Clinohelea
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Clinohelea Kieffer 1917
Explanation of Names
Helea is an old name for Ceratopogon
7 spp. in our area(1), ~40 worldwide(2)
Near 3 mm
Characters include a greatly swollen front fifth tarsomere and large, unequal claws on the hind legs of the female.
Larvae are aquatic. Adults are found near water.
Adults are predaceous on other insects
Named species are
C. bimaculata (Loew); two prominent dark stripes on wing; e. US and possibly into Canada
C. longitheca Grogan and Wirth; FL
C. currei (Coquillett) = C. nebulosa (Malloch); brown cloud in center of wing or covering entire wing, fore 5th tarsomere with pale band longer than width of tarsomere; most common in north
C. nubifera (Coquillett); FL + one NY record
C. dimidiatus (Adams)
C. usingeri Wirth
C. pseudonubifera Grogan and Wirth
Internet References
Grogan, W.L., Jr., and W.W. Wirth (1976) A revision of the Nearctic species of Clinohelea Kieffer (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). Great Basin Naturalist (1975) 35: 275-287.