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#1 2017-04-19 09:36:27

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
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A Chironomid maybe?

About 2 mm long. Virtually all black. The wings seem to be devoid of venation, at least at this angle. But the antennae seem to be virtually solid! The only thing I can think it might be is some sort of Chironomid.

Nigel G.


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#2 2017-04-19 10:16:00

Tony Irwin
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Name: Tony Irwin
From: Norwich
Registered: 2008-03-01
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Re: A Chironomid maybe?

Ceratopogonidae male, possibly Dasyhelea

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#3 2017-04-19 11:51:46

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
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Re: A Chironomid maybe?

Thanks Tony.
So a biting midge instead.
I have taken photos of biting midges. In fact I rescued one from a puddle a week or so ago, little realising what it was, but hoping to get a better look at it, not circling around aimlessly on the water. Later I decided it looked like Culicoides impunctatus, maybe. I did dispatch it, but I guess it doesn't really make any difference to the overall numbers!

Nigel

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