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Tribe Ceratopogonini - Predaceous Midges

An elegant little fly with distinctive antennae. - Stilobezzia antennalis - female biting midge - Alluaudomyia - female biting midge - Stilobezzia antennalis - male Ceratopogonidae Pennsylvania Diptera for ID - Stilobezzia viridis - male Allohelea - male Stilobezzia sp.? - Stilobezzia - female Ceratopogonidae - Monohelea
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 Ceratopogonini (Predaceous Midges)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Includes former tribe Stilobezzini
~1200 spp. in ~60 genera worldwide(1)
Wing length usually 1-2 mm
Worldwide. The tribe evolved from Gondwanan ancestors and is more speciose in the Southern Hemisphere, especially the Neotropical region.
Females are predators of insects, especially Chironomidae, often capturing males from mating swarms. Some eat their own mates.(2)