Limnophyes paludis

Author: Armitage, 1985

Exuviae 2.7, 3.7mm long (n=2).
Cephalothorax: Thoracic horn reduced to a small tubercle. Precorneal setae small. Thorax more or less smooth.
Abdomen: Tergites generally covered with small points, larger anteriorly. Tergites I(II)-VIII with at least the posterior margin armed with long narrow spines. Posterior long spines IV 77 (n=1), VI 29, 57 (n=2). Longest spine IV 39, 70µm, VI 45, 70µm long (n=2). Pedes spurii A absent. Lateral setae of segment IV 100, 150µm long (n=2). One or two long lateral setae anteriorly on segment VIII, the posterior setae reduced to fine hairs or absent, total lateral setae VIII 2, 3 (n=2).
Anal segment: Anal lobes smooth, without fringe. Anal macrosetae of anal lobes long, 0.65, 0.92x length of the anal lobe (n=2), setae thin and usually curved.
(Linked adult male: Langton and Pinder, 2003a)

Species keys out at Page 764: Orthocladiinae 176 Limnophyes of the Text Key.

W Europe.
(For more information see module IdentifyIt – file: Orthocladiinae).

Ecological notes
Larvae feed on drowned grass leaves at the edge of ditches and in temporarily submerged meadow.