Caddis Fly Larva

Have you reviewed the intro to caddisflies page? We recommend reading the intro before continuing on.

Identifying Characteristics of Caddis Larva

Cased Caddis
1) Lives inside a case made up of small leaves, twiggs, pebbles …ect.
2) Has 3 pairs of legs on the thorax
3) Very small antennae that may not be visible

Cased Caddis Larva
TABLE OF CASED CADDIS LARVAE
Families Genera Species Common Name
Brachycentridae Brachycentrus American Grannom
Lepidostomatidae Lepidostoma Little Plain Brown Sedge
Leptoceridae Mystacides Black Dancer
Nectopsyche White Miller
Oecetis Long Horn Sedge
Limnephilidae Pycnopsyche Great Br. Autumn Sedge
Hydatophylax Giant Cream Sedge
Frenesia Wing Winter Sedge
Platycentropus Chocolate & Cream Sedge
Limnephilus Summer Flyer Sedge
Hesperophylax Silver Striped Sedge
Neophylax Autumn Mottled Sedge
Odontoceridae Psilotreta Dark Blue Wing Sedge
Phryganeidae Pyryganea Rusty Sedge
Ptilostomis Giant Rusty Sedge
 

Free-Living Caddis
1) Greenish maggot like body
2) 2 Anal hooks for holding onto the bottom
3) Has 3 pairs of legs on the thorax

Free-Living Caddis Larva
TABLE OF FREE-LIVING CADDIS LARVAE
Families Genera Species Common Name
Rhyacophilidae Rhyacophila Green Rock Worm
 

Net Spinning Caddis
1) Gills line abdomen
2) Has 3 pairs of legs on the thorax
3) 2 Anal hooks
4) Lives in a home, built next to a web, on the top side of rocks

Net Spinning Caddis Larva
Net and Retreat
TABLE OF CASED NET SPINNING CADDIS LARVAE
Families Genera Species Common Name
Philopotamidae Chimarra Little Black Sedge
Wormaldia Little Autumn Sedge
Hydrophsychidae Hydropsyche Spotted Sedge
Cheumatopsyche Little Spotted Sedge
Arctopsyche Grey Spotted Sedge
Macronema Glossy Wing Sedge