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Subfamily Lestremiinae - Wood Midges

Wood Midge Maybe Lestremia Wing detail of male midge - Anarete - male Tiny fly - Anarete Small fly in 'dancing' swarms - Conarete - male Cecidomyiid? Wood Midge? - male fungus gnat?
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Bibionomorpha (Gnats, Gall Midges, and March Flies)
Superfamily Sciaroidea (Fungus Gnats and Gall Midges)
Family Cecidomyiidae (Gall Midges and Wood Midges)
Subfamily Lestremiinae (Wood Midges)
92 Nearctic species (Jaschhof, 1998)
Five-segmented tarsi, the first segment longer than the second. M1+2 forked, fork longer than stem, M3+4 present, detached at base (often narrowly). Cu simple.
"The Lestremiinae are the oldest Cecidomyiidae. They have retained the ancient fungus-feeding habit, chiefly in fallen wood, whence the apt common name, the wood midges." (Gagne, 2009, Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash 111(4):909-910)
This subfamily does not form plant galls.
BugGuide follows Jaschhof (2009) and Gagne (2010)(1) in moving most Lestremiinae to the new subfamily Micromyinae. Catotricha had earlier been removed to its own monotypic subfamily.
Print References
Jaschhof, Mathias. 1998. Revision der Lestremiinae (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) der Holarktis. Studia dipterologica Supplement 4.
Jaschhof, Mathias. 2009. The Wood Midges (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae: Lestremiinae) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Studia dipterologica Supplement 18.