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Subfamily Ceratopogoninae

Sciaridae ? - female Biting Midge - Stilobezzia antennalis - female Ceratopogonidae Culicoides Clinohelea bimaculata Ceratopogoninae - Stilobezzia - female Midge? – Found in woods near river in West Michigan. Culicoides?
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
the largest subfamily, with 00 spp. in [34] genera in our area(1) and ~3700 spp. in 107 genera worldwide, arranged in 6 tribes (all six are represented in NA; not yet in the Guide: the largely neotropical Stenoxenini, with 2 genera, represented by a single sp. each north of Mexico)(2)
Streams, lakes, ponds, sphagnum bogs
Females of Culicoides are parasites of vertebrates. Females of other genera are predators of insects. Most females of Sphaeromiini, Palpomyiini, and Stenoxenini eat their mates.
Tribes Culicoidini and Ceratopogonini have media petiolate, i.e. forking after R-M crossvein, or have base of M2 absent. The other tribes have media sessile, forking before crossvein, and have base of M2 present.
Print References
Downs, J.A. 1978. Feeding and mating in the insectivorous Ceratopogoninae (Diptera). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 104.
Willis W. Wirth and William L. Grogan, Jr. 1979. Biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). 2: the species of the tribes Heteromyiini and Sphaeromiini. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 91:847-903. (BHL)