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Species Phryganea sayi

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Trichoptera (Caddisflies)
Suborder Integripalpia
Infraorder Plenitentoria
Superfamily Phryganeoidea
Family Phryganeidae (Giant Casemakers)
Genus Phryganea
Species sayi (Phryganea sayi)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1931 by Milne
one of 2 species in this genus in North America listed at
adult body length 14-25 mm
Adult: forewing brownish-gray with indistinct longitudinal streaking; black line (broken in middle) runs from near base almost to outer margin; small white spots present at both ends and middle of this line; a shorter black line closer to costa in distal half of wing has white spot at anterior end; slender whitish or pale gray patch at base of wing next to thorax; black line on side of head runs through eye; antennae thick, about two-thirds as long as forewing; legs with conspicuous short spines [description of genus copied from genus page]
no information on how to visually distinguish P. sayi from cinerea (the only other species in this genus) but cinerea has not been recorded south of Connecticut, according to the source listed in Internet References section below
south-central Canada (Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan) and northeastern United States, south to South Carolina, west to Arkansas, Kansas, and North Dakota; the only Phryganea species recorded in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia as of July 2008; absent from the west coast and gulf coast states
larvae live in ponds and marshes; adults found on nearby vegetation and are attracted to light
adults fly in summer
See Also
Phryganea cinerea is a more northern species that hasn't been recorded south of Connecticut
Internet References
distribution list of states and provinces of occurrence (NatureServe Explorer)