Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

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Ceratopogonidae (Biting Midges)

Biting Midges are also known as “punkies” and “no-see-ums”. These flies seldom carry diseases to humans but can have an impact on animals. There are 6,000 named species and an estimate of another 6,000 that haven’t been named and described. It’s difficult to provide much info about this group as a family because they are so varied with some making their habitats land and others living in water.

The females are the biters and they can be painful bites and leave welts similar to a mosquito. They do have a positive purpose in life as some adults are important pollinators.

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