Non-biting Midge
Female: ventral
Ellura
Mosquito
S2: Female, dorsal
 
    
Non-biting Midge (Polypedilum sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Midge (Chironomidae)
Species: Non-biting Midge (Polypedilum sp)

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
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; Mosquitoes have long proboscides.
Midges generally have wings shorter than the body, mozzie wings are as long, or longer, than the body.

Similar Species: Mosquito

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.