Vol. 1, Issue 6 (2016)
Morphology of Einfeldia (Diptera: Chironomidae) found in Udaipur region
Author(s): Dr. Preeti Singh, Deepak Rawal
Abstract: Larval Einfeldia were collected from Udaisagar Lake, Udaipur. They were cultured in the laboratory to assess their life cycle. Photographs and morphological descriptions of different life stages of Einfeldia were given. Larvae are red in color with well developed, non-retractile head capsule with prognathous mouthparts. The larval head capsule is dark colored sclerotized structure composed of frontoclypeal apotome. Pupal stage is short lived stage in which metamorphosis occurs. Silk secreted by larval salivary glands wrap the larva and make cocoon. Pupa hangs beneath water surface. Pupa is comma shaped with swollen cephalothorax and dorsoventrally flattened abdomen. Adults look similar to mosquitoes. Adult head is rounded with shortened non biting mouthparts. The antenna is with well-developed flagellomeres. The antenna is sexually dimorphic: male have a plumose antenna.