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The Specimen

Chironomidae (Midges) Midge AdultChironomidae (Midges) True Fly Adult View 7 PicturesOne of the only real benefits I've got from my rearing aquarium so far is that I've had quite a variety of midges emerge, giving me a chance to photograph these fragile little insects which are otherwise really hard to transport in photogenic form. This one recovered from being gassed and flew away before I could photograph it on the ruler, but it was very small, around 1.5mm.
Collected April 23, 2007 from Mystery Creek #62 in New York
Added to by on April 25, 2007

The Discussion

GatrukJanuary 29th, 2010, 2:19 pm
Posts: 1I am searching to find effective ways of cultivating chronomidaes, what kind of best cheap an effective medium that I should use , what are there lifecycles . lifespans an their behaviors. Thanks for letting me to join the forum.
TaxonJanuary 29th, 2010, 8:59 pm
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Chironomids (members of true fly family Chironomidae) are a diverse group numbering ~1233 identified North American species, and still counting. They are found in most waters, from sewage treatment ponds to mountain streams, and everything in between. However, attempts to propagate chironomids have been largely unsuccessful, mostly owing to the inability to induce swarming and mating of chironomid adults in captivity. In other words, you can lead them to water, but you can't make them ..... Hmm, bad joke, that. Anyway, for more information, see this article.
Roger Rohrbeck
MartinlfJanuary 30th, 2010, 1:43 pm
Palmyra PA

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Just the kind of joke I'd expect from you Roger. ;> But with that one-liner you did leave yourself open, knowing I'd be lurking.

Oh, now I get it; this was a setup. You got your buddy Gatruk to post the chromomidae question, so you could reply, and here I am stepping into the trap.

But, I must admit, I kinda liked the joke.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
TaxonJanuary 30th, 2010, 5:07 pm
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Hi Louis-

Wouldn't want to disappoint you.

Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck

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