Is this a "midge"?

Asked April 11, 2017, 4:01 PM EDT

Found this moving about on the pond surface at Derwood today. Can you confirm it's a midge? Chironomidae or Nematocera? Beneficial ? does it sting?Thanks for any information 2 views about 1" long longer extremities.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Nice photos.
No, this is not a midge. It is a mayfly. They do not sting and can be considered beneficial as they are a main menu item for fish this time of year. Our entomologist said that these are what the fly fisherman attempt to mimic when they tie flies. Interestingly, these insects don't even have mouthparts- their life is so short, they just hatch, mate and die.