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Caddisfly - Pseudostenophylax sparsus

Caddisfly - Pseudostenophylax sparsus
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
June 21, 2009

Thanks Lloyd
It's a new genus and species for the guide.

My best guess would be Pseudostenophylax sparsus. Although Ironoquia is similar, the collection date and what I can make out of the forewing venation would seem to favor P. sparsus.

I have
the specimen, and with much fussing I gave up on it, while reaching the same conclusion that you did. It looks to be the same as what I identified as P. sparsus when I curated the trichops back in 1991. The specimen is dried, and the male genitalia don't look like what they should be in Ross, but I can say the same for the dried specimens that I previously identified as this species. I may well have also had specimens in alcohol, which may have allowed me to see the male genital characters more clearly. Certainly the external wing color and pattern is convincing.

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