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Chironomidae larva

Chironomidae larva
Plymouth Rock, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
July 14, 2011
Size: 5+ mm
These larvae were collected from the water on Silphium perfoliatum, cup plant, whose opposite leaves are joined around the stem forming a cup that holds water.

Puparium from the batch Dead at emergence Adult

Other larva in Cup Plant water:

Scott McCluen wrote that he suspects these are subfamily Orthocladiinae . I frassed that entire post because I was incorrect in my assumptions of Chironmid larvae in association with Microrhopala vittata larva.

Images of this individual: tag all
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Moved from Midges.

Head shot
A closeup of the head from below is typically useful in identifying Chironomidae larvae.

This is the best I could do,
which isn't very helpful at all.

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