Male Midge – Chironomidae
Location: Utah, 6,000 feet
March 5, 2011 11:29 am
I see several insects in the winter, as the weather begins to warm up. On this walk I took, I found several of these little black, fuzzy antenna insects. I perused your site, as well as another site that talks about insects, and think I’ve identified it as a Male non-biting Midge.
This was taken in Utah, at about 6,000 ft. on March 4.
Your identification is correct. We are pleased to hear that you are using internet resources to research your identification requests and that our site was a component of your research. Though we have photos of Midges on our website, your photo is the first Snow Midge we have received. BugGuide has an excellent image of a male Snow Midge that matches your image. We also found a very nice Nature Post on Snow Midges on the Abundant Nature website.