Welcome to the Chironomidae and Water Beetles of Florida Web Site!
 
17 YEARS ON THE WEB !

Dicrotendipes thanatogratus adult 

The midge adult above is Dicrotendipes thanatogratus,
named by me in 1987 for the Grateful Dead!!!
 

Here you'll find current information on the taxonomy and distribution of these wonderful groups of insects in Florida and elsewhere.
Information includes (click on your choice):


NEW - Corrections and additions for the new "Holarctic Keys" (last update 4 August 2014)
CHIRONONEWS - latest developments in chironomid taxonomy!
(last update
9 July 2013)
Additions and corrections to my 2010 "Water Beetles of Florida" (last update 8 January 2014)
Additions and corrections for my 2001 "Identification Manual for the Larval Chironomidae (Diptera) of North and South Carolina"
(last update
11 December 2012
)
Additions and corrections for my 2006 aquatic Heteroptera manual (last update 27 November 2009)
Checklist of the Chironomidae of Florida
(last update: 15 November 2014
)
Checklist of the Chironomidae of North and South Carolina (last update: 7 July 2003) (PDF, about 800 Kb)
Checklist of the Chironomidae of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (last update 10 August 2004)
Checklist of the water beetles of Florida
(last update:  8 January 2014)
Checklist of the aquatic/semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida (last update 27 November 2009)
Checklist of the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Florida  (last update 23 November 2007)
Additions and corrections to my 1995 "Identification Manual for the Larval Chironomidae (Diptera) of Florida"
(last update: 24 October 2001)
Additions and corrections to my 1996 "Identification Manual for the Water Beetles of Florida"
 (last update: 8 December 2007. -  NOTE - no longer updated; see new Florida water beetle manual)
Instructions on how to obtain my larval Chironomidae, Florida water bug, Florida water beetle identification manuals and the NEW HOLARCTIC KEYS for chironomid larvae (last update: 9 July 2013)
A list of my scientific publications (last update:  19 September 2014
)
A list of new taxa that I've described (last update:
26 December 2012)
My collection of "interesting" scientific names (last update: 16 February 2003)
My little buddy Gateway  (last update: 13 November 2001)
Notes on insect identification, biomonitoring and my identification manuals (last update 16 December 2002)
Information on taxonomic workshops



jhe  
Hi! I'm John Epler.  I've been working with aquatic insects, and Chironomidae (non-biting midges) in particular, for over 40 years, as well as with water beetles for over 20 years.  I work as an independent researcher/consultant - although I have written aquatic insect identification manuals for the states of Florida and North Carolina/Southeastern US, I am not employed by any state or federal agency.  Since earning my Ph.D. from Florida State University over 26 years ago, I've been able to make a living by identifying aquatic insects and writing books/manuals on how to identify them.  This work has enabled me to fund my own research describing new genera and species of midges and water beetles. On this web site you'll find a small sampling of the results of my research from the past four + decades.






                ancient picture from 1997, when I first created this site


JHE

                "modern" picture from 2010

If you need professional assistance with aquatic insect identification, QA/QC of voucher/reference specimen collections, species lists, or workshops on chironomid midges, water beetles or water bugs, please contact me for rates, availability, etc.


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Contact me at johnepler3ATcomcast.net
[replace the  AT with the "at" symbol - @ - ; this is to deter spam]

 

NEW!

Identification Guide to the Larvae of the Tribe Tanytarsini (Diptera: Chironomidae) in Florida
New keys for those pesky Tanytarsini larvae!  Some of the previously letter-designated taxa now have "real" names! 
Click here and then download "Tanytarsini.pdf"



Also relatively new:

The larvae of Chironomidae (Diptera) of the Holarctic Region - Keys and diagnoses

Yes, the long awaited successor to the classic 1983 Holarctic Keys for chironomid larvae is now available!
please click HERE for details


OTHER RECENT IDENTIFICATION MANUALS

 FLORIDA WATER BEETLES 

The Water Beetles of Florida - an identification manual for the families Chrysomelidae, Curculionidae, Dryopidae, Dytiscidae, Elmidae, Gyrinidae, Haliplidae, Helophoridae, Hydraenidae, Hydrochidae, Hydrophilidae, Noteridae, Psephenidae, Ptilodactylidae and Scirtidae (2010). 

Sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, this manual covers larvae and adults of Florida's water beetles, many illustrated in full color.  Posted on line for FREE download (152 MB).  Click here and then download Beetles10.pdf.
FLORIDA WATER BUGS

Identification Manual for the Aquatic and Semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida (Belostomatidae, Corixidae, Gelastocoridae, Gerridae, Hebridae, Hydrometridae, Mesoveliidae, Naucoridae, Nepidae, Notonectidae, Ochteridae, Pleidae, Saldidae, Veliidae) (2006)

Sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, this manual covers the aquatic and semi-aquatic true bugs (Heteroptera) of Florida.  It includes the families Belostomatidae, Corixidae, Gelastocoridae, Gerridae, Hebridae, Hydrometridae, Mesoveliidae, Naucoridae, Nepidae, Notonectidae, Ochteridae, Pleidae, Saldidae and Veliidae.  The  manual features full color digital pix of most of the bugs!

The manual is available by clicking here.   Download "Heteroptera.pdf" (about 37 MB).

SOUTHEASTERN US LARVAL CHIRONOMIDAE

Identification Manual for the larval Chironomidae (Diptera) of North and South Carolina.  A guide to the taxonomy of the midges of the southeastern United States, including Florida (2001)

Although written in name for North and South Carolina, this manual covers the entire southeastern USClick here to download it (about 9 MB).



Links to other nifty sites:

Midges:

The Chironomid Home Page

Chironomidae Exchange Forum
Broughton Caldwell's Chironomidae of Georgia (USA) checklist
Pete Cranston's publications page
Chironomidae Research Group at U of Minnesota (Len Ferrington)
Jon Martin's web page
(information on the genus Chironomus)
The Russian Chironomid Home Page
The Ceratopogonid Web Page

Beetles:

Kelly Miller's web site
Andrew Short's "The Short Lab Research Group" (hydrophilids galore!!)
Water Beetle World


Other stuff:

Caddis Press - literature on aquatic insects, mostly Trichoptera
Ephemeroptera Galactica - info on mayflies
Florida Association of Benthologists
Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Identification Manual Library  (downloadable manuals in PDF format)
Florida Entomological Society
Friends of Wakulla Springs - info on one of the world's wonders
ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System) - take your chance and look up a name! (some groups, especially Chironomidae, still need a lot of work; do not expect to obtain accurate taxonomic information
on North American Chironomidae from ITIS!)
Society for Freshwater Science (formerly "North American Benthological Society")
World Taxonomist Database
Claudia Nocke's Wildlife Art - really nifty stuff!

 


 

This site was created in July/August 1997 and is maintained by J.H. Epler.
All data and figures on this web site © John H. Epler, Ph.D.

(last updated 15 November 2014)