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Midge - male

Midge - Male
Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
January 1, 2006
Size: ~4mm
The temperature was in the mid to upper 30's, and some of these little flies were out, along with Winter Crane Flies. I was able to chill and pose this for one shot before it flew off, but the crane fly wouldn't chill, it just flew off before I could take a picture.

Moved from Midges.

Winter midges
Winter midges in the US are predominantly (exclusively?) Diamesinae and Orthocladiinae. This guy lacks the M-Cu crossvein of Diamesinae. The confirming character for Orthocladiinae is first segment of front tarsus distinctly shorter than tibia. I think it's about 3/4 the length.

Hello Tom,
Yes, a midge in the family Chironomidae. This is a male, which is characterised by it's branched antenna!
Gerard Pennards

Gerard, thanks for the info.

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