Black Midge

Chironomus anthracinus


Over all length 9 to 11 mm. The male is black with feather-like antennae and clear wings. This is a fairly large genus and there are serveral very similar species. The photos probably illustrate Chironomus anthracinus.


Lakes, ponds and other still water. The larvae are red, aquatic and worm-like, feeding on organisms in the mud. The adults swarm along paths and beside bushes, dancing in the air. They do not feed.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to May.