Animal Species:Biting midges

So tiny that they often go unobserved, biting midges are the smallest of the blood-sucking flies.

Standard Common Name

Biting midges

Alternative Name/s

Sand flies, Biting gnats, No-see-ums, Punkies

Size range

0.5 mm

Distribution

Biting midges are found throughout Australia.

Habitat

Biting midges live around freshwater creeks, intertidal estuaries and mangroves.

Feeding and Diet

As with mosquitoes and most biting flies, it is only the females that bite as they need blood to produce the next generation. The males feed on nectar. Victims are usually unaware of the fly's presence until it has already started to feed.

Classification

Family:
Ceratopogonidae
Order:
Diptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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