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Non biting Midge (Chironomus ssp.)

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Adults mides are pale green to brown with brown legs and grow to 12 millimetres (0.5 in). Males have feathery antennae while females' antennae are sleek. The larvae of some species are called bloodworms because some larva are bright red, but they can also be found in brown and almost black. Many of the lavae are eaten by fish before the midge emerges. During the spring and summer males will create mating swarms. Females will lay egg masses in water where the egg mass will grow and sink to the bottom. The larva stay at the bottom in silken tube. The larva feed on organic material such as organic debris and algae.Picture taken at Bromham on 20th October 2011

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18th Nov 2011 by Diane Earl

Subjects:
Biology, Environmental Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Geocode: Bromham Bedfordshire

Keywords:
insect midge invertebrate

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