Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

National Moth Week photos of insects and people. Here's how to add your images.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


Genus Aphidoletes

very small fly - Aphidoletes aphidimyza Aphid midge larvae with rusty plum aphid - Aphidoletes Aphid Midge larvae - Aphidoletes aphidimyza on milkweed - Aphidoletes Kiss of death? - Aphidoletes Kiss of death - 2 - Aphidoletes Orange larva near some aphids - Aphidoletes Aphid Midge - Aphidoletes
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 Cecidomyiinae (Gall Midges)
Supertribe Cecidomyiidi
Genus Aphidoletes
Nearctica lists 4 species.
They feed on over 60 species of aphids. Adults feed on honeydew.
Life Cycle
Aphid midges overwinter as larvae in cocoons in the soil, pupating in spring. Adults emerge in late spring, mate the night of emergence, and the mated females begin the search for aphids. Most eggs are laid during the first few days after emergence. Females lay elongate orange eggs near aphids.

1. Eggs. 2. Larva. 3. Adult male
A. aphidimyza is used for aphid control.
Adult midges fly at night and are rarely seen.
Internet References