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What please? - Catotricha americana - female

What please? - Catotricha americana - Female
Loudonville, Ashland County, Ohio, USA
October 21, 2013

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What please? - Catotricha americana - female What please? - Catotricha americana - female

Donate this fly to the museum
Cathy, I would suggest that you deposit this fly with John Carr, so it can be managed in a meseum collection.


Unfortunately . . . amateur that I am . . . I don't collect the fascinating insects that show up on this piece of land in central Ohio.

Bugs just show up. A spider expert from Florida was so amazed at the two bolas spiders that I stumbled across that he wanted to come up to take a look around.

I think things drift in from the deep wooded ravine to one side . . . the river that runs below this hill of glacial rubble . . . the pine woods edged with lilac at the top that snags the wind-riding insects . . . and the pasture across the way.

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and ferreting out the identities of my little visitors.


Catotricha americana (Felt) female. (Lestremiidae)
The eastern species is Catotricha americana, known only from the male. There are no tibial spurs, and the wing veination is clearly that of Catotricha. So this is the only female we have for this species. Very Rare. I have one larva in my collection for Catotricha, collected from wet leaf litter and soil, and I would guess this specimen is about 5mm long.

Moved from ID Request.

Wood midge
Lestremiinae sensu lato, but I'm not sure which of the more restricted subfamilies to place it in. Do you have any more pictures? I'm interested to see whether vein CuA is forked, or if it runs parallel to another vein then curves away abruptly.

Sorry . .
I don't think this other pix helps at all.

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