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Midge Larva

  • Almost 2000 species in North America
  • Are found in all but the most polluted aquatic conditions
  • Presence in large numbers may indicate organic enrichment
  • Up to 1/2 inches long
  • One pair of tiny, fleshy legs below the head and one pair on the back end
  • The back end sometimes has a tin pair of extensions that look like brushes
  • A thin dark line (digestive tract) can be seen inside the body
  • Distinct, often dark head