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Family Corethrellidae - Frog-biting midges

Corethrella - female Biting Midge - Corethrella brakeleyi - female Corethrella sp.? - Corethrella brakeleyi - male Corethrella sp.? - Corethrella brakeleyi - male Tan-winged midge - Corethrella - female
Classification
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 Corethrellidae (Frog-biting midges)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly part of Culicidae (mosquitoes) then Chaoboridae.
Explanation of Names
Corethrellidae Edwards 1932
Numbers
a single genus with 4 spp. of in our area(1) and ~110 total(2)
Identification
Swollen mid femur distinguishes this family (genus) from its close relatives.
Range
worldwide, most spp. in tropical/subtropical areas(3)
Habitat
larvae in small bodies of water such as those isolated at the edges of bogs or small lakes(3)
Food
larvae probably predaceous on small plankton(3)