Baltic Amber Non-Biting Midge

Name: Fossil Amber

Phylum Arthropoda Subphylum Hexapoda; Class Insecta, Order Diptera; Family Chironomidae

Geological Time: Upper Eocene - Lower Oligocene

Size: Amber: 15 mm long , 11 mm across , 0.4 grams

Fossil Site: Kaliningrad District, Russia

Baltic Amber Non-Biting MidgeDescription: This amber piece displays a fine member of the Diptera, a member of the true or non-biting midges Chironomidae. The term Diptera means “two-winged” and is actually a misnomer. Most members have a second, vestigial pair of wings that are mere knobs which are used as a “gyroscope” to keep the insect level in flight. This one bears a resemblance to the much smaller biting midges, Ceratopogonidae.

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