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Photo#8976
midge?

midge?
Ailsa Craig, Ontario, Canada
October 19, 2004
This small thing (6-7 mm) was found on the driveway at night. I don't know... maybe a dixid midge or winter crane fly?

Paul, help here?:-)
Hoping Paul can at least put it to family. Might be something we could use in the field guide.

 
Well...
Some idea but no certainty. Because of the very long coxae it tends to go to the superfamily Sciaroidea, fungus gnats and dark-winged fungus gnats. However, there are too many things I cannot really see (wing venation for one). In general, the fungus gnats have longer spurs to the legs, but some Keroplatinae/Macrocerinae also have shorter spurs. My first impression was Macrocerinae, but the prolonged face put me off. There are not many species in the superfamily with prolonged faces but the can be found both in the fungus gnats and dark-winged fungus gnats. Still, I tend more towards the fungus gnats that the dark-winged ones, but I am by no means certain. Anyone withe a better idea?

Paul

http://www.diptera.info

 
Cranefly
Could this possibly be a Wood-boring Cranefly? Looks similar to photo#6234 in this guide. Maybe a smaller female?Dave P.

 
similar but too puny
I think the legs on my creature are too long & skinny, and the abdomen too slender to be in the genus Ctenophora. I browsed the web for more info and photos of your critter, and created a page for the genus here.

 
Cranefly
Wow, you did some work for that one. That's great. Real interesting. Dave P.

 
I agree.
Moving to guide page for Mycetophilidae. Great image!

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