This is your place for finding researchers, news, and other resources regarding Chironomidae (Diptera), or non-biting midges. This site continues to undergo changes in organization in order to make this site more useful and accessible. The webmaster would appreciate receiving any suggestions for further improving this site. Your participation is crucial - this is your community, and your resource.
With this in mind, several requests. Please let the webmaster know of anyone who should be removed from the worker directory, or have had their directory information (e.g., addresses, contact information, interests) changed. Second, please provide information regarding meetings, conferences, and research projects involving Chironomidae. Finally, to enhance the visual appeal and communicate to others what we do, please submit chironomid photographs of all life stages for inclusion in the Home Page. Proper credit, citation and copyright protection will, of course, be given.
Below are links of events and meetings, newsletters, important publications, research web sites and other recent items of interest to the Chironomid community. If you know of something that would interest the chironomid researcher, please let the webmaster know about it so that it can be included.
Paddy Ashe has informed me that the second volumne of World Catalogue of Chironomidae has been published and is available for purchase. Details on obtaining this work is in the book section. (added November 2013)
It has arrived! Trond Andersen, Paddy Ashe, Pete Cranston, Torbjørn Ekrem, John Epler and the late Ole Sæther are the authors of the revised "The New Keys to the Holarctic Chironomidae Larvae." This is a completely revised guide to the identification, ecology and distribution of the larval Chironomidae of the Holarctic Region (North America and Europe through to Japan and the Far East); it replaces the classic 30 year old Holarctic Keys for midge larvae edited by T. Wiederholm.
Previous diagnoses and figures for all taxa are revised and the keys are improved. Newly described and recently associated larvae in described genera are incorporated into the work. Relevant taxa and records from outside the region are also included to make the guide of wider geographic value. Price is US$ 112: send orders to
SEB, P.O. Box 97, S-221 00, Lund, Sweden Swift Code: ESSESESS,
Iban: SE 66 5000 0000 0567 5100 4737. Or, if you visit the Entomologica scandinavica Supplements Website, you can avoid banking charges. This will be an indespensible addition to your library that will not sit and collect dust. (added August
As a reminder to the community, with regards to the above book announcement, Martin Spies and Ethan Bright created the Chironomidae Exchange Forum as a way to produce supplementary - and facilitate rapid updating - of information on widely used standard references on the Chironomidae. It's still up and running. (added August 2013)
Special: The past year our community has lost a number of influencial researchers whose works have greatly influenced our knowledge. Here we acknowledge our colleagues:
Dietrich Neumann (1931-2012) - Martin Spies: "Much of Neumann's work, in early years including studies with Karl Strenzke, was in chronobiology and morphogenetics, with a major focus on the ecology, physiology, phenology and separation of Clunio populations in the marine intertidal. Later on he was very active also in the limnology, ecology and protection of river floodplains and their biota. Academically, Neumann served as teacher and advisor to many students, e.g. during his tenure (1967-1997) as professor of zoology and physiological ecology at the University of Cologne, Germany.
An obituary in German by A. Kureck has been published in Zoologie / Mitteil. Dt. Zool. Ges. 2013: 67-72. A PDF version of this paper will soon be available (also includes another paper in memory of Prof. E.J. Fittkau (Diller & Hausmann, p. 53-56))."
William P. ("Bill") Coffman (1942-2013) - Carlos de la Rosa: "It is with sadness that I share that Dr. William P. Coffman passed away on Friday, 25 of January 2013...An Entomologist, Bill was a biology Professor for 43 years at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was the foremost expert on Chironomidae. His work lives-on today as his collection is now housed at the La Selva Biological Station of the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. Additionally, Bill was an avid stamp collector, a WWII history enthusiast, as well as truly enjoying classical music, especially Lieder." Dr. de la Rosa has provided an update (click on Bill's name) with a rememberance and information about Dr. Coffman's midge collection at the University of Pittsburgh.
Ernst Josef ("Sepp") Fittkau (1927-2012) - Martin Spies: "With deepest sadness I have to inform you that Prof. Ernst Josef Fittkau has passed away, just a couple of months shy of his 85th birthday...Sepp has made himself immortal not only through lasting scientific contributions, but also with the unassuming, warm-hearted and optimistic manner in which he brought people together to share and develop enthusiasm for systematics, the ecology and protection of diverse biota, and more ..."
Nikolai Zelentsov (1941-2012) - Evgeniy Makarchenko - "He was one of the best Orthocladiinae taxonomists of Russia...I plan with some Russian colleagues to publish notice in EEJ in Russian after receiving main information and good photo from N. Zelentsov's Institute [Institute of Biology of Inland Waters in Borok]. I was his friend and know well about his work and papers but I have not his CV. After that maybe we will publish in English in [the] Chironomus [newsletter]
Len Ferrington announces a redesign of their group's website "Chironomidae Research Group" at the University of Minnesota (added January 2013)
Pete Cranston has relocated the site for all publications-to-date and onwards to a new web location. The interactive lucid key to genera (global) was migrated from CD to internet last year. Please check that your browser has the latest Java plugin before complaints about not loading. [Webmaster note as of March 2013: Java (from Oracle, not the java-script of your web browser) has a number of security problems that have not yet been adequately addressed. Once an secure update is available, I will remove this notice] (added October 2012)
The committee of the 18th International Symposium of the Chironomidae (Elisabeth, Torbjørn and Kaare) are happy to announce that the Proceedings of the Chironomidae symposium held in Trondheim (2011) now is published and available open access through the Fauna norvegica website: http://www.ntnu.no/ojs/index.php/fauna_norvegica. (added October 2012)
Claus Orendt announces some new keys on chironomid larvae mainly based on macroscopic characters and illustrated by photos elaborated by Martin Spies, Andreas Dettinger-Klemm (in part) and Claus Orendt. One key in its second edition separates central European Chironomini genera, some species or species groups, and is especially useful for beginners. A second key identifies 11 Chironomus species and species groups of significance for water quality evaluation. Another key includes about 90 taxa (genera, species groups, species) recorded from brackish waters in Germany and adjacent North Sea and Baltic Sea areas. Previews, informations and orders: www.hydro-bio.de/chironomidae.htm (added August 2012)
Ethan Bright and Martin Spies announce the Chironomidae Exchange Forum, a new way to produce supplementary information, and facilitate rapid updating thereof, on widely used standard references on the Chironomidae (added January 2012).
Pat Hudson shares some history: a field trip photo he took of Lars Brundin and Ole Saether at the Bergen symposium in 1985. If you have any photographs you wish to share, please send them to webmaster for inclusion to this site. (added December 2011)
Chironomus Newsletter 24 has been published, and is available for free download. Thanks Torbjørn and Peter! In the issue is also information on the recent 18th Chironomid Symposium held in Trondheim, Norway. (added November 2011)
Midges are now on facebook, undoubtedly because they have so many "friends". Len Ferrington's Chironomid Research Group now has videos related to winter midges and their importance to trout. (added April 2011)