Buzzer Midges – Pics, Stats, Facts, Video

The Buzzer Midge look like mosquitoes as shown below. The are small flies that fish like to eat.

Fascinating Facts about Buzzer Midges

1. General information

  • Belong to the family Chironomidae, which consists of several species of non-biting midges.
  • Size: These tiny insects are usually around 2-10 mm in length, depending on the species.
  • Color: Buzzer Midges are typically black, brown, or red in color, with the red coloration being due to the presence of hemoglobin in some species.

2. Habitat and distribution

  • Habitat: Buzzer Midges are common in freshwater environments, such as lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.
  • Distribution: These insects have a worldwide distribution and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

3. Life cycle and reproduction

  • Life cycle: Buzzer Midges undergo a life cycle that consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The larval and pupal stages are aquatic, while the adult stage is terrestrial.
  • Reproduction: Adult Buzzer Midges mate in swarms above the water’s surface, and females lay their eggs on the water or nearby vegetation.

4. Ecological importance

  • Buzzer Midges serve as a vital food source for many fish, birds, and other insects.
  • The larvae, known as bloodworms, help to break down organic matter in the water, contributing to nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems.


Tips for Fly Fishers

  • Buzzer Midges are a favorite food source for trout and other fish species. Using imitation flies that resemble the larvae or pupae can be an effective fly fishing strategy.
  • Observe the water’s surface for rising fish or adult midges to determine if the insects are hatching and fish are feeding on them.
  • Adjust your fishing depth based on the midge’s life stage. Larvae are typically found near the bottom, while pupae may be suspended in the water column.



  • Buzzer Midges are often confused with biting midges (Ceratopogonidae), which are similar in appearance but have biting mouthparts and feed on blood.
  • Mosquitoes (Culicidae) are another look-alike, but they can be distinguished by their longer legs and the presence of a long, slender proboscis.


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