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Subject:  Swarming Midges
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles
May 14, 2017 5:21 PM
Though we pride ourselves on daily postings, even postdating submissions to go live when we are away from the office, we have not had a live post in a week due to a bout of pneumonia hospitalizing our editorial staff, but Daniel is now back on the job.  This image of Dancing Midges is several weeks old, but we are always thrilled to see this phenomenon, generally in the spring, and frequently near the Los Angeles River.

Dancing Midges

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Subject: Curious about bug in rural area
Location: Thornton, CO; rural
May 5, 2017 6:08 pm
Hi! We get these particular bugs around our house every year and my husband thinks they’re mosquitos but I think they are more related to something like a silverfish. We live near an alfalfa farm, horses and water in Colorado. We would appreciate your help on our debate!
Signature: Lori G

Male Midge

Dear Lori,
While you are both incorrect, your husband is actually closer in his identification.  This is a male Midge in the family Chironomidae, and Midges are classified together with Mosquitoes in the infraorder Culicomorpha.  Here is a similar looking BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, they are called:  “Non-biting Midges, Blind Mosquitoes, Common Midges” and they are described as “
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.  Other family characters wings long and narrow, without scales (wings of mosquitoes have scales) males have long, feathery (plumose) antennae … .”  If you have standing water near you home, you might have seen their aquatic larvae known as BloodwormsBugGuide also notes:  “The haemolymph of the red Chironomus larvae, called “bloodworms,” contains hemoglobin, unusual for insects. Larvae are often very abundant and are an important food item for many freshwater fish and other aquatic animals.”  Several weeks ago we shot a poor quality image of Dancing Midges and we have not had a chance to post it yet. 

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Subject: blood worms
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
May 1, 2017 9:18 pm
Though it might make us unpopular with the neighbors, we keep standing water in the yard for wildlife, and we skim with a net daily to feed Mosquito Larvae to the Angelfish, and Boris is still thriving alone in his tank since killing Medea Luna several years ago.  This week the Mosquito Larvae have been replaced by Blood Worms, the larvae of non-biting Midges, and Boris has been greedily eating everyone put in the tank.

Blood Worms

 

 

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: Mississippi
January 16, 2017 5:16 pm
I cannot ID this very small bug. 5mm maybe.
I think it might be a midge? It was taken in Mississippi in April.
Signature: Stephen Kirkpatrick

Male Midge

Dear Stephen,
We wanted to be certain this male Dipteran was indeed a Midge, so we contacted Mosquito expert Angel van Gulik who wrote back to us:  “That is a rather beautiful midge. ”  We will attempt a species identification for you.  We believe based on this BugGuide image, that it is in the genus
Ablabesmyia.  The genus is described on BugGuide as being:  “A distinctive genus, with hairy, dark-spotted wings; three or more brown bands on each tibia; acrostichal hairs diverging around a more or less prominent circular spot in front of the scutellum; and cubical fork sessile (M-Cu intersects C at or after fork).”

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Subject: Please Help!! Invasion. Pest control has no clue
Location: Pooler, GA (next to Savannah)
April 6, 2016 2:22 pm
Hello, after going through 2 pest control companies we are still invaded by a bug that just won’t go away. From April to about mid October, everyday, we had thousand of the bug in picture. during winter no problem and now for about 2 days they are coming back. Please help identify this bug. They are all over our entrance door.
Signature: Desperate person

Midge

Midge

Dear Desperate person,
We believe these are Midges, non-biting relatives of Mosquitoes from the family Chironomidae.  The plumose antennae on the individual in the close-up image indicates that is a male Midge. This BugGuide image of a member of the genus
Chironomus looks quite close.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are usually found in sediments, and can occur in highly polluted conditions or in relatively clean water. Larvae of the Ch. decorus group, Ch. riparius and Ch. stigmaterus are most often associated with high nutrient/low oxygen conditions.”  Do you live near a pond or swamp?  That might be the source of your problem.

Midges

Midges

Hello Daniel,
Thank you for your answer. Yes, I have a pond on the back side of my yard and there is a swamp behind the houses across the steer from me. However, from all the houses I was the only one with the bugs 🙁
Hopefully this will help find a fix. Thanks again!!
Caroline

Hi again Caroline,
If your house is the only one experiencing this problem, try to identify what makes your house different.  The light color paint on the walls and ceiling might be attracting the Midges, so a darker color might not be as attractive to them.  Is there a light that is left on?  That might also be a factor.

No, there is no light on. They actually come during the day and leave at night… We took all our pine straws away and underneath was pretty moist. I am hoping this was the issue. I saw some last week and started to panic at the idea that I would have to see these bugs everyday for the next 6 months. Another thing I noticed is that they do not come after it rained. But 24h after and they are back.

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Subject: Please identify this “bug”
Location: Cavendish PEI
April 3, 2016 4:49 am
I found this bug on the beach in Cavendish PEI April02, 2016. I was set to photograph a small barnacle nearby when I saw a small black(ish) insect.
The temperature was about 8-10c and it was just starting to rain
Signature: David

Midge, we believe

Midge, we believe

Dear David,
We believe this is a Midge in the family Chironomidae, a group of non-biting relatives of Mosquitoes.  The feathered antennae indicates this is a male.

Midge, we believe

Midge, we believe

Daniel
Thank you very much for this information.  Please accept this email as my permission to use the image for your site.
With kind regards
David

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