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Table 1 Inventory of edible Odonata

From: Practices of entomophagy and entomotherapy by members of the Nyishi and Galo tribes, two ethnic groups of the state of Arunachal Pradesh (North-East India)

Scientific name Family English name Vernacular name Seasonal availability Mode of intake Remark
Enallagma sp. Coenagrionidae Azure bluet Esh tat tani (G) Soko yoyo (N) Sept-Oct Larval stages are preferred Raw with bamboo shoot. Wings are discarded when adults are consumed. when adults are Found near swampy areas. Not consumed by Nyishi people.
Ictinogomphus rapax Gomphidae Clubtail dragon fly Esh tat tani (G) Soko yoyo (N) Sept-Oct Larval stages are preferred. Raw with bamboo shoot. Wings are discarded when adults are consumed. Found near swampy areas. Not consumed by Nyishi people.
Stylurus sp.(?) Gomphidae Clubtail dragon fly Ani asum (Larval form)(G) Yash kori (N) Jan-Mar Nymphs boiled, raw and as roasted paste. Nothing is discarded Amongst flowering aquatic plants and in rivers and along banks.
Sympetrum sp. Libellulidae Cardinal meadow hawk Esh tat tani (G) Soko yoyo (N) Sept-Oct Raw with bamboo shoot. Larval stages are preferred. Wings are discarded when adults are being consumed. Found near swampy areas. Not consumed by Nyishi people.
Brachythemis contaminata Libellulidae Ditch jewel Esh tat tani (G) Soko yoyo (N) Sept-Oct Larval stages are most preferred. Raw with bamboo shoot. Wings are discarded when adults are consumed. Found near swampy areas. Not consumed by Nyishi people.
Urothemis sp.(?) Libellulidae Dragon fly Esh tat tani (G) Soko yoyo (N) Sept-Oct Larval stages are most preferred. Raw with bamboo shoot. Wings are discarded when adults are consumed. Found near swampy areas. Not consumed by Nyishi people.
Pachydiplax sp. (?) Libellulidae Blue dasher Esh tat tani (G) Soko yoyo (N) Sept-Oct Larval stages are most preferred. Raw with bamboo shoot. Wings are discarded when adults are consumed. Found near swampy areas. Not consumed by Nyishi people.
Diplacodes sp. Libellulidae Chalky percher Soko yoyo (Yare) (N) Perennial Larval stages are considered edible. Roasted Not consumed by Galo people.
Unidentified    Esh tat tani (G) Soko yoyo (N) Sept-Oct Raw with bamboo shoot. Larval stages are edible. Wings are discarded when adults are consumed Found near swampy areas. Not consumed by Nyishi people.
  1. ? to be confirmed here in Odonata. Mostly the larval stages are consumed. However, adult stages may also be consumed depending upon the catch.