Sunday, 23 February 2014

Ectopsocus briggsi and female chironomid

Today's catch in the yellow water trap was a bit disappointing as most of the diptera were females which are more tricky to identify. 

Ectopsocus briggsi however was straightforward and is illustrated below meaning two members of Psocoptera have turned up in the past week or so. 

A female chironomid keyed to subfamily Orthocladiinae with the front tibia longer than the first segment of the front tarsus.  The wings, squama and eyes were all bare.  It is probably Smittia pratorum which I've found as the male before in the garden. 

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