Subject: Bug question
Location: Bemidiji Minnesota June 3, 2017
June 3, 2017 8:41 am
These bugs are all over the outside of our cabin. Wondering what they are and how to get rid of them.
Signature: Kelli Roxhe

Male Midge

Dear Kelli,
This is a male Midge in the family Chironomidae.  According to BugGuide, they are:  “Small, delicate flies, resemble mosquitoes but do not bite. Often “dance” in the air in large swarms over water or lawns. At rest, characteristically hold their front legs above head-height and extended forward, giving the illusion of elongate antennae to the untrained eye.”  BugGuide notes that the habitat is:  “Usually damp areas, or near bodies of water. Larvae mostly aquatic; a few occur in decaying matter, under bark or in moist ground. Larvae of some species tolerate seasonal desiccation.”  We do not provide extermination advice.

Location: Bemidiji, Minnesota

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