Microtendipes pedellus

Author: (De Geer, 1776)

Exuviae 7.3-8.4mm long (n=5).
Cephalothorax: Cephalic tubercles 90-140µm long (n=7), elongate conical. Frontal setae absent. Thorax weakly rugose to smooth; large granules near suture forming a discontinuous series from antepronotum to scutal hump.
Abdomen: Length hook row II 0.36-0.43x width tergite II (n=4). Posterior points of tergite II conspicuously larger than those on tergite III. Apical bands III and IV a complete band of points intermediate in size between the smaller and the larger points of the median and anterior bands. Sternite I with a restricted extent of shagreen or smooth. Pedes spurii B II absent. Comb of segment VIII of 2-5 teeth, the largest the most posterior. Lateral taeniae of segments V-VIII: 3,4,4,5.
Anal segment: Fringe of anal lobe with 45-67 taeniae (n=6).
(Linked adult male: Langton and Pinder, 2003a)

Species keys out at Page 289: Chironomini 186 Microtendipes of the Text Key.

Holarctic species: widespread in Europe.
(For more information see module IdentifyIt – file: Chironominae).

Ecological notes
Stagnant water.