ETYM Old Eng. migge, AS. mycge.
Minute two-winged mosquito-like fly lacking biting mouthparts; appear in dancing swarms esp. near water.
Common name for many insects resembling gnats, generally divided into biting midges (family Ceratopogonidae) that suck blood, and non-biting midges (family Chironomidae).
The larvae of some midges are the “bloodworms” of stagnant water.