These are a midge and look like a tiny mosquito. They like humid conditions, hiding under leaves during the day and being active during the night.
Their larvae may be easier to see as they are orange, grub like (similar to hover fly larvae) and also small (1-3 mm).
Adult size: 2-3 mm
Out and about
Spring and summer when aphids are about.
Reproduction and Life cycle
The female lays around one hundred minute (0.3 mm), shiny, orange eggs, either singly or in small groups within the aphid colonies. The larvae pupate into adults in the soil.
Plants to repel
Plants to attract
Why they are Beneficial
The larva feed on many species of aphids. They paralyze the aphids by injecting a toxin into the leg joints and then up the body fluids. Adults feed on the aphid honey dew.
The adults look a lot like mosquitoes.