Rice Seed Midge Swarm

John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna

Rice seed midge swarm over rice field.

Rice seed midge - Chironomus spp.

Adult midges can be seen in swarms over rice fields, levees, roadside ditches and other bodies of water.

Adult midges resemble small mosquitoes but lack the needlelike mouthparts and hold their forelegs up when resting.

Elongate eggs are laid in strings, usually on the surface of open water. The strings are held together by a sticky material that forms a gelatinous coat around the eggs.

Midge injury occurs in water-seeded rice and is usually not important once seedlings are several inches tall.

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