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Genus Hydropsyche

caddisfly - Hydropsyche alhedra Hydropsyche morosa Hydropsyche morosa Hydropsyche venularis Hydropsyche rossi Hydropsyche sparna - female Hydropsyche scalaris - male Netspinning Caddisfly - Hydropsyche
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Trichoptera (Caddisflies)
Suborder Annulipalpia
Superfamily Hydropsychoidea
Family Hydropsychidae (Netspinning Caddisflies)
Subfamily Hydropsychinae
Genus Hydropsyche
Explanation of Names
Hydropsyche Pictet 1834
'water nymph' - from the Greek "hydor" (water) + "psyche" (soul); in Greek mythology, Psyche was an immortal nymph, the personification of the soul
close to 80 spp. in our area(1), ~270 total(2)
adult body 10-15 mm
Adult: head and body with patches of short hair; forewing light to medium brown or grayish, often with speckling, mottling, or patches of pale yellowish or cream color; anal angle of forewing relatively sharp-angled (outer margin of wing may be slightly concave near anal angle)
Larva: many species have distinctive pattern on top of head; dorsal plate on each thoracic segment; rows of bushy gills on abdomen
larvae in fast-moving portions of streams and rivers; adults on nearby vegetation, and are attracted to artificial light
larvae are filter-feeders, eating algae, detritus, and particles of organic material captured in their nets
Larvae spin a concave net, facing upstream, in front of a sheltered retreat in debris or under stones, and wait for food to be captured in the net. Some species build nets under the brink of a waterfall, causing a brown coating of sediment to form on the rocks.(3)
Works Cited
1.Distributional checklist of Nearctic Trichoptera (Fall 2021 revision)
Rasmussen A.K., Morse J.C. 2021. Unpublished, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee. 519 pp.
2.Catalogue of Life
3.How to Know the Insects
Roger G. Bland, H.E. Jaques. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.