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Chironomid midges

Chironomidae family

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota


Size: 1/16 - 1/2 inch long

Description: Vary in color from light tan to light green to nearly black, depending on the species. Can be confused with mosquitoes, but they do not bite. Males have plumose, feather-like antennae.

Where/When: Common at dawn and dusk from spring through summer. They are attracted to light.

Significance: They can aggregate in large numbers. They can be annoying but do not harm people or property.

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