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Flying insect surrounds my house & car
Sun, May 31, 2009 at 7:02 AM
This little bug showed up what seemed to be over night. I first noticed it Friday morning all over my screen door. When I went out they seemed to be swarming like gnats. Then when I got to my car they seemed to be crawling all over it. The pictures don’t show the color well but it is a clearish light green.
If you need more pictures I can send them.
Jason
Mt. Vernon Indiana

Water Midge

Water Midge

Dear Jason,
This appears to be a Water Midge in the family Chironomidae, probably the genus Chironomus.  The aquatic larvae of some species are known as Bloodworms and are sold frozen as tropical fish food, a favorite of our Angelfish and Rams.  BugGuide has many excellent images of Midges.  Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin writes:  “Small clouds of males are frequently seen hovering in the air over or near water. At times they form larger clouds that look like smoke over trees or tall structures;  these aggregations are attractive to females and are the chief mating strategy of many species.  Tremendous numbers may also gather around lights on warm summer enenings.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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