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Strange Midge - Proceroplatus elegans

Strange Midge - Proceroplatus elegans
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
May 18, 2014
This is the only shot I got of this midge. I thought because of its strange posture, that it was just another mangled remains. When I flicked it off my sheet, this "dead" bugger flew out of my life. Any inputs are welcomed. I'll frass


Moved from Frass.


Proceroplatus elegans
Pretty little thing

The head, thorax, and abdomen look like the below on mine
except that the thick band near the middle of the abdomen
(the band closer to the head than the end)
doesn't look like it has that indent in it:

There was an old woman from Newark
who needed a smack with a clue bat.
After all was done, she said, "What fun!"
...and photographed a new one.

Moved from ID Request.

sorry to see you frass it...
Sorry to see you frass this, Robert. Your mention of the posture reminded me of a picture I have of a similar little one with abdomen pointing up in the air. After an appropriately long hunt to find the pic (buried in "unknown"s), what really surprised me was the striking similarity of the wing pattern/venation. Anyway, I'm happy you posted it because at least now, thanks also to Brad, I have some kind of name to tie to mine. :o)

probably Mycetophilidae
or one of its related families

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