Phantom Midge
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Ellura
Mosquito
Female, whole
 
    
Non-biting Midge (Polypedilum sp)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)
Order: Fly (Diptera)
Family: Midge (Chironomidae)
Species: Non-biting Midge (Polypedilum sp)
Similar Species: Mosquito

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Midges look a lot like Mosquitoes.
An easy differentiator is that, at rest, midges hold their front legs up, mozzies hold their rear legs up.
Depending on the photo, a more guaranteed identifier is that Midges have small mouths

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species