For information on Chironomidae please visit the community web page on

This web site originated as a private project for my PhD in 2010 to publicly

  • share my microscopic images
  • share my developed image management tool Chironomidae Identification Program CHIP

I do not work any more with Chironomidae but this web site is intended to stay and contribute my work. May be it is of some help ;-)

Andreas Plank


“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein

Nothing in the world
is as weak or yielding as water.
Yet nothing works as well
to triumph over hard and strong.

To the fluid and the yielding,
the hard and strong give way.
Many persons know this
yet none put it to good use.

The wise men said:
"Who would suffer all insult, let him rule the land."
"Who would shoulder misfortune, let him care for the world."

(Tao Te King - Laotse, translated by Douglas Allchin, 2002)