Population survey of pestiferous Chironomidae (Diptera) inhabiting wetlands amid a residential community at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Richard J. Lobinske, email@example.com and Arshad Ali, firstname.lastname@example.org. University of Florida, Mid-Florida Research & Education Center, Department of Entomology & Nematology, 2725 Binion Road, Apopka, FL
Larval and adult Chironomidae were sampled for one year (2003-2004) in and around a complex of man-made wetlands amid a residential community at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Glyptotendipes paripes and Geoldichironomus carus were the two major nuisance causing species; however, smaller numbers of Polypedilum spp., Cryptochironomus spp., Tanytarsini and Tanypodinae were also taken. Mean total chironomid larval density in the study area ranged from 363 to 2,809 per m2. The majority of larvae occurred at nearshore in firm sediment in the largest water bodies of the complex. Peak adult capture was 20,199 per trap per night (April 2004), with peak nuisance activity occurring in the vicinity of the largest water body that supported relatively high larval densities.
Species 1: Diptera Chironomidae Glyptotendipesparipes Species 2: Diptera Chironomidae Geoldichironomuscarus Keywords: distribution, survey