Midge fly larva resemble mosquito larva.

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Midge Fly Larva  

Description
bullet Resembles a small mosquito larva
bullet Possesses a dark head and lighter body
bullet Two pairs of short, leg-like appendages (one pair behind the head, and one pair at the end of the abdomen)
bullet Usually about 1/2 inches long

Ecological Role
bullet Midge fly larvae eat algae and other organic debris.

Interesting Facts
bullet There are almost 2,000 species of midge fly in North America.
bullet Midge fly larvae are found in all aquatic conditions, including polluted water.
bullet The presence of midge fly larvae in large numbers may indicate organic enrichment.

 

This page was created by Jill Stremme, Fall 2007