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Family Limnephilidae - Northern Caddisflies

Northern Caddisfly caddisfly - Anabolia consocia Limnephilidae, genus Pycnopsyche - Pycnopsyche gentilis Unknown-Caddis Fly Possible? - Homophylax Caddisfly - Ironoquia lyrata Frenesia Caddisfly ??? Pycnopsyche ? - Limnephilus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Trichoptera (Caddisflies)
Suborder Integripalpia
Infraorder Plenitentoria
Superfamily Limnephiloidea
Family Limnephilidae (Northern Caddisflies)
Explanation of Names
Limnephilidae Kolenati 1848
Greek limne 'pool, marsh' + philos 'loving' (a reference to the larval habitat)
>300 spp. in ca. 50 genera in our area(1), 44 spp. in 17 genera in MI(2)
adult body 7-23 mm
adult: ocelli present; maxillary palpi 3-segmented in males, 5-segmented in females; wings usually brown with mottling or stripes; antennae usually as short as or shorter than wings
larvae: antennae located midway between the bases of the mandibles and the eyes; first abdominal tergite is humped
larval cases vary widely in appearance and may be constructed of leaves, stems, moss, bark, sand, or pieces of snail shells
(adapted from(3))
n. US and Canada
larvae live in slow-moving streams, ponds, and marshes
adults rest on vegetation near these habitats during the day, and fly at night (may be attracted to lights)
adults fly from May to October/November
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