PS--I believe that male chironomids are usually identified by their feathery (plumose) antennae. (Most of these appear to be female.)
Thank you Gonzo for the clarification. If you are correct, and I have no reason to doubt you, than I can assume that the females gang-up on the males. If this is true it only increases my interest in the little buggers. If there is an after life I want to come back as a male midge.
and Falsifly, pony up some gratuitous fish porn from your trip so I can live vicariously :)
Andrew, unfortunately acting as pseudo photographer I did not indulge in self gratification other than to capture a few shots of my son who spent the last week showing his old man that he could catch fish.
This picture shows my advancing skill as a photographer. I actually got the fish to smile for the camera. My son’s retort: smiling my @ss, He’s laughing at you!
Great pics. what camera did you use?
Thank you Pat. The camera is a Canon SD790 IS enclosed in the Canon WP-DC24 underwater case. The case is fantastic in function and form relieving all worry of environmental damage. It enabled me to get the macro shots on the waters surface without concern for accidentally submerging the lens.
You snuck a post in on me. I rather preferred it was the females ganging up on the males, not the other way around.
Here is a shot that better shows the feathery antennae of which you speak.