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Chironomidae and Water Beetles of Florida Welcome to the Chironomidae and Water Beetles of Florida Web Site! 2 1 YEARS ON THE WEB!
The midge adult above is Dicrotendipes thanatogratus, named by me in 1987 for the Grateful Dead!!! Here you'll find current information on the taxonomy and distribution of these wonderful groups of insects in Florida and elsewhere. Information includes (click on your choice): NEW! Workshop manual from my 2017 FAB Chironomidae workshop. Basically updates everything since 2001 manual; includes new figures and info.
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I'm John Epler. I've been working with aquatic insects, and Chironomidae (non-biting midges) in particular, for over 45 years, as well as with water beetles for over 20 years. I work as an independent researcher/consultant - although I have written aquatic insect identification manuals for the states of Florida and North Carolina/Southeastern US, I am not employed by any state or federal agency. Since earning my Ph.D. Dt360 Tablet Manual here. From Florida State University over 30 years ago, I've been able to make a living by identifying aquatic insects and writing books/manuals on how to identify them.
This work has enabled me to fund my own research describing new genera and species of midges and water beetles. On this web site you'll find a small sampling of the results of my research from the past four + decades. Ancient picture from 1997, when I first created this site 'modern' picture from 2010. AVAILABLE IDENTIFICATION MANUALS Identification Guide to the Larvae of the Tribe Tanytarsini (Diptera: Chironomidae) in Florida New keys for those pesky Tanytarsini larvae!
Some of the previously letter-designated taxa now have 'real' names! To download click The larvae of Chironomidae (Diptera) of the Holarctic Region - Keys and diagnoses Yes, the long awaited successor to the classic 1983 Holarctic Keys for chironomid larvae is now available! Please click for details OTHER RECENT IDENTIFICATION MANUALS FLORIDA WATER BEETLES. Sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, this manual covers the aquatic and semi-aquatic true bugs (Heteroptera) of Florida.