First record of Mayfly Povilla(Languidipes) taprobanes Hubbard from Karnataka


  • Sachin G Pai
  • C. M. Kalleshwaraswamy Department of Entomology, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga 577 204, Karnataka
  • Krishnamoorty Varanashi Varanashi Development and Research Foundation, Adyanadka 574260, Karnataka
  • M. Ranjith Department of Entomology, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga 577 204, Karnataka
  • M. Rajkumar ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod 671124, Kerala



Mayflies, Polymitarcyidae, Povilla (Languidipes) taprobanes, plastic feeding, naiad, aquatic, water tanks, plastic lining, earthen cases, microplastics


Mayflies are important as macroinvertebrates of aquatic ecosystems and are reliable bioindicators of water quality. Most mayfly nymphs feed by scraping algae from underwater rocks or by extracting food particles in the littoral and benthic zones of the water bodies. The mayfly Povilla (Languidipes) taprobanes originally described from Sri Lanka was observed in plastic lined ponds in coastal Karnataka. Not only, this is the first report of the species from Karnataka, but the unique case making behaviour of this species is also described for the first time. Additionally, the species was found damaging plastic tarpaulins of 750 gsm thickness used as lining for water storage in the tank by chewing. This chewing behaviour was responsible for damage of plastic sheets leading to water leakage. The possible loss caused and a need of alternate strategies to store water is discussed.


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Pai, S. G. ., Kalleshwaraswamy, C. M., Varanashi, K., Ranjith, M., & Rajkumar, M. (2023). First record of Mayfly Povilla(<i>Languidipes</i>) taprobanes Hubbard from Karnataka . Indian Journal of Entomology, 85(3), 610–616.



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