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(also Heleidae), a family of insects of the order Diptera. Body length, 1–2.5 mm. The insects are distributed everywhere but are most numerous in forests. In the USSR there are 18 genera, of which three—Culicoides, Leptoconops, and Lasiohelea—are bloodsucking insects. The insects differ from the Simuliidae and Phlebotomidae in that they have 13- to 15-jointed antennae and wings that are usually spotted and lie flat on the abdomen when at rest.

The larvae and pupae of Ceratopogonidae develop in brooks, marshes, ponds, and moist earth. The larvae winter; the adults appear in April or May and disappear in September or October. Only the females are bloodsucking; they attack humans and domestic and wild animals. The insects are intermediate hosts of some species of parasitic worms that infest man (in the tropics) and domestic animals (onchocercosis in horses). Control measures include the use of various repellents.


Gutsevich, A. V., and V. M. Glukhova. Melody sbora i izucheniia krovososushchikh mokretsov. Leningrad, 1970.
Gutsevich, A. V. Krovososushchie mokretsy. (Ceratopogonidae). Leningrad, 1973. (Fauna SSSR: Nasekomye dvukrylye, vol. 3, issue 5.)


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Key words: Diptera, Ceratopogonidae, Venezuela, Perija, Zulia, Culicoides perijaensis n.
Eight families were found at Tabi, but not at Kiuic: Sarcophagidae, Ropalomeridae, Drosophilidae, Therevidae, Ceratopogonidae, Sciomyzidae, Calliphoridae, and Platystomatidae.
For their reproduction, the pollinating Ceratopogonidae need water to provide the bacteria which nourish their larvae (Soria, 1981), a fact which became especially apparent when pollinators were missing during longer dry spells or after the eradication (for malaria vector control) of phytotelmata (plant-held pools of water, as in the base of leaves of bromeliads, usually growing as epiphytes on shade trees).
Notes on the distribution and abundance of midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae and Cecidomyiidae) in some Central American cacao plantations.
En el extremo de mejores caracteristicas ambientales se encontraron a los representantes de las familias Ceratopogonidae, Pyralidae y del genero Enochrus (familia Hydrophilidae) (Figura 3B).
Taxonomicamente el genero Culicoides pertenece a la familia Ceratopogonidae.
T Ceratopogonidae * * * * * D Crustacea Cladocera * * ** * * C-F Cyclopoida * ** ** ** * C-R Calanoida * * * * * C-R Harpacticoida * ** * ** * C-R Ostracoda * ** *** *** ** C-R Trichodactylidae * * * * * T Hydracarina * * * * * D Mollusca Bivalvia Limnoperna fortunei ** *** *** *** *** C-F Gasteropoda Heleobia parchappei * * ** * * R Planorbidae * * * * * R Ancylidae * * * * * R Mollusca n.
The Tabi site, however, reported 8 additional families: Sarcophagidae, Ropalomeridae, Drosophilidae, Therevidae, Ceratopogonidae, Sciomyzidae, Calliphoridae, and Platystomatidae.
Immature forms of nine insect species are common residents of California tree holes, including eight dipterans (two Ceratopogonidae, two Chironomidne, two Culicidne, one Syrphidae, one Psychodidae) and one coleopteran (Helodidae) (Wood ward et al.
Chironomidae (P) Chironomidae (P) Culicidae Culicidae (N) Culicidae Culicidae (A) Ceratopogonidae (L) Ceratopogonidae (L) Stratiomyidae (L) Odontomyia sp.