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Family Chaoboridae - Phantom Midges

Phantom Midges resemble mosquitoes (family Culicidae) or non-biting midges (family Chironomidae), but differ in lacking the proboscis of the former and the divided subscutellum of the latter. The larvae are transparent (hence the common name), and have modified antennae with which they grab prey. They are able to control their buoyancy, hanging in the water column as sit-and-wait predators.
Chaoborus (Sayomyia) punctipennis
Chaoborus (Sayomyia) punctipennis
Chaoborus (Sayomyia) punctipennis
Chaoborus (Sayomyia) punctipennis
Chaoborus sp. larvae
Chaoborus sp. larvae
Phantom Midge (Chaoborus sp.) larva
Phantom Midge (Chaoborus sp.) larva
Phantom Midge (Chaoborus sp.) pupa
Phantom Midge (Chaoborus sp.) pupa
Phantom Midge (Chaoborus sp.) pupa
Phantom Midge (Chaoborus sp.) pupa
Phantom Midge (Chaoborus sp.)
Phantom Midge (Chaoborus sp.)
Chaoborus sp.
Chaoborus sp.