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An insect of a family ("Chironomidae" ) which comprises the non-biting midges.
- ‘The worms are actually the dark-red larvae of non-biting mosquito-like insects known as chironomids, more commonly called midges.’
- ‘Young Atlantic salmon in streams eat mainly the larvae of aquatic insects such as blackflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and chironomids.’
- ‘By 10-11 days after hatching, young gar begin feeding on small crustaceans, such as cladocerans and copepods, and insects, including various dipterans such as chironomids.’
- ‘As river fish and their invertebrate prey, such as chironomids and caddis larvae, have evolved together, each has influenced the behaviour of the other.’
- ‘Fish were held in large plastic tanks or large aquaria when not being used, and they were fed frozen chironomids and live damselfly larvae.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Chironomidae (plural), from the genus name Chironomus, from Greek kheironomos ‘pantomime dancer’.
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