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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-03
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Diptera (except syrphidae) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-04 2:27
Viewed: 3996
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Size: about 2-3mm

Chironomidae (confirmed by www.diptera.info)

Chironomidae (informally known as chironomids or non-biting midges) are a family of nematoceran flies with a global distribution. They are closely related to the Ceratopogonidae, Simuliidae, and Thaumaleidae. Many species superficially resemble mosquitoes but they lack the wing scales and elongate mouthparts of the Culicidae. This is a large group of insects with over 5000 described species. Males are recognized by their plumose antennae.

Behavior and description

Adults can be pests when they emerge in large numbers. They can damage paint, brick, and other surfaces with their droppings. When large numbers of adults die they can buid up into malodorous piles. They can provoke allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Larvae are important as food items for fish and other aquatic organisms. They are also important sa indicator organisms, i.e., the presence, absence or quantities of various species in a given body of water can indicate whether pollutants may be present. Their fossils are also widely used as indicators of past environmental changes, including past climatic changes.
Larvae can be found in almost any aquatic or semiaquatic habitat, including treeholes, bromeliads, rotting vegetation, soil, and in sewage and artificial containers. Larvae of some species are bright red in color due to hemoglobin; thes are often known as "bloodworms".

(Source wikipedia)

In WS: female of the same species?

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-04 4:08]

Salut Marie,toujours plus petites ces insects,tu es tres courageuse dans l'essayer de le capturer,vraiment un jolie travail,merci et bonne journee',Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-04 4:38]

Hello Mariki,
This is an excellent macro of such a small Midge with good technical standard considering that it is only about 2 mm long.
This male is well presented from a fine POV. The WS is certainly a female but I don't know if it is the same species.
Thanks for sharing this,

Hello Marie,
Wonderful capture of this phantom midges. The special anntennae are well seen. Very nice composition. Also informative note.

Well, this surely is a super macro shot Marie, and almost a study in black & white. Looks as if the camera was hand-held, a tripod or a stative might improve the general focus, but after all the fuss, could you find that fly again?

Hi Marie,
A nice capture of this phantom midge. Very well composed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Marie Christine,
it's a really difficult job to capture a 2 mm animal with your sensor. You have tried and I compliment you on it, and even encourage you to do more of these rare macros. The picture (and even more the one in the workshop) is unfortunately not sharp enough to distinguish the different characters to decide whether it's a Chironomid or something else. Thanks for your effort!

Best regard

Hi Mariki, superb macro of this very little creature with splendid details and great sharpness, brava, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-04 18:35]

Hi Marie,
I will be back later with a proper critique. Sorry friend.

Very, very small Marie!
Thanks for posting this tiny wonder :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-05 20:13]

Hello Marie Christine

A very good look at this fly.
The detail is very good.Well lit with good colour.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-02-18 15:42]

Hi Marie,

A nice capture of this chironomid dipteran species. Excellent composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hello Mariki,
A marvelous shot of this chironomid fly with excellent composition and details.TFS.


Hello Marie,

You have quite a collection of bugs and very well IDed too. Useful notes and good pictures in all your collection.


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