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Midge (chironomid midge)
(Tim Gibb, Purdue University)
Common Name: Midge (chironomid midge)

Order: Diptera

Family: Chironomidae

Pest Status: This group of midges is informally known as chironomids or non-biting midges and are thus not considered pests.

Appearance: Many species superficially resemble mosquitoes, but they lack wing scales and elongated mouthparts.

Life Cycle: Chironomids are distributed globally, but are always associated with water, where the immature stages live. The immature forms are sometimes referred to as blood worms, because they are red. They are considered an important source of food for fish.

Where to Collect: Midges are commonly found flying near water, but are also attracted to lights at night.