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Would these be Culicidae?
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Posted on 16-12-2005 18:00
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Photographed today in very bad light conditions. The male's bushy antenna makes me think of a Culicidae, but I am very probably way off course! About 3 mm long.

www.naturamediterraneo.com/Public/data2/lynkos/OSGB05-C02-F.jpg_20051216175424_OSGB05-C02-F.jpg

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Or perhaps more Chironomidae? Sarah
 
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The female does not have the proboscis for sucking blood that you would expect in Culicidae. I think that Chironomidae is an excellent identification. Maybe one of the terrestrial ones? Something like Smittia?
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Thanks for the confirmation Paul. The habitat was an area of wasteland in the middle of the town if that helps! Sarah
 
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LoL, no it does not. There are just far too many species for a non-chironomid dipterist like me.
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Two would be too many for me Sad. Thanks Paul, the family is just fine for me, Sarah
 
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Could be Chironomus anthracinus (described by) Zetterstedt in 1860. I can't rememberSad the size though and there are many other black species.. Take a look at the pictures at
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/kpbrodersen/Chiropics.htm
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Nice effort and good find of a nice pic, Robert, but Chironomus species, I think, are always larger that the stated 3 mm. Despite my limted knowledge, I hope that I would have been able to recognise at least the subfamily Chironominae, and I would not place this one there.
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