At first glance you might mistake this small, non-biting fly for a mosquito. The quickest way to tell the two apart is by observing them at rest. Midges hold their front legs up and forward, while mosquitos often lift the hind legs. Midges are among the most abundant insects and males are often seen forming large swarms, usually at dusk, over lakes and above tall objects. The swarm is part of their mating ritual, allowing the females to find them from a distance. Females fly into the swarm and mating occurs on the wing.
Photo by Kristi DuBois on 4/7/20 in Missoula, MT.