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I took these insects in mid-summer. They became a bit of challenge to identify, so I went to bugguide.net for advice. I was told they were midges (female on the left, male on the right). I went back to my books and Google and it was clear that I could not find an image of a midge with the fan on its head. So I am grateful to the entomologists at bugguide.net and for the very quick turn around in identification. There is a great quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. about entomology:
“I suppose you are an entomologist? ”
“Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”