Aquatic Insects of Michigan
by Ethan Bright, Museum of Zoology Insect Division and School of Natural Resources and Environment
This genus is an uncommon denizen of smaller streams in Michigan that are not largely impacted by human modification, but appears to be more commonly encountered in streams in states bordering our state. Two of the three species of Perlinella are recorded from Michigan (Grubbs and Bright 2003), with another species (P. zwicki) known only from the southeastern USA. Kondratieff et al. (1987) revised the genus, and the keys below are taken from this work. Nymphs are carnivorous, with chironomids and other invertebrates forming the basis of its diet (Frison 1935, Bright 1996).Adults
Frison TH. 1935. The stoneflies, or Plecoptera, of Illinois. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin 20:281-471.
Grubbs, SA., Bright, E. 2003. Arcynopteryx compacta (Plecoptera: Perlodidae), a Holarctic stonefly confirmed from Lake Superior, with a review and first checklist of the stoneflies of Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 34(2):77-84.
Kondratieff BC, Kirchner RF, Stewart KW. 1987. A review of Perlinella Banks (Plecoptera: Perlidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 81(1):19-27.
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