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Midges (Chironomus spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Midges.


 Updated: 4/9/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



  Midges  
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Midges in the Chironomidae family do not bite like the pesky mosquitoes they resemble. That doesn't mean they don't sometimes ruin outdoor fun.





Midges are often mistaken for mosquitoes thanks to similar size and body shape. Because they do not take blood meals, they are also known as Blind Mosquitoes. Male Midges tend to have feathery antennae, something not seen on mosquitoes. Also, midges rest with their two front legs hovering above the surface, whereas mosquitoes lift their hind legs.

Midges can be found along the coast, shores and beds of any body of water. Lakes and ponds will often see huge congregations of them. Thanks to poor flying ability, they are often at the mercy of wind currents and can be blown into backyards. For this reason, they may be considered a nuisance to homeowners. They may take shelter under soffits, eaves, or covered patios. They do seem to be attracted to artificial lights at night and many homes are also lit in those places. This in turn may attract predators of Midges like spiders to those areas. Adults have very short life spans (only a few days) so their presence is not permanent.

Eggs are laid in shallow waters. Worm-like larvae hatch and serve two good roles in the ecosystem: as a cleaner (consumer) of decaying organic matter in the water and as a food source to other aquatic insects and even fish. Adults do not feed and spend their short lives mating.
Basic Information
Common Name: Midges
Other Name(s): Blind Mosquitoes, Fuzzy Bills
Scientific Name: Chironomus spp.
Category: Fly or Mosquito


General Identification
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Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, black, white, gray
Additional Descriptors: mosquito, feathery, long, slow, small




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Chironomidae
Genus: Chironomus
Species: spp.




Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Midges may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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