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Genus Limnephilus

caddisfly on twig - Limnephilus Caddisfly ZH3Z3935 - Limnephilus - male - female Caddisfly - Limnephilus - male unknown caddisfly - Limnephilus Caddisfly - Limnephilus northern caddis fly - Limnephilus - female Northern Caddisfy - Limnephilus sericeus - female Floodplain pond caddis - Limnephilus nogus - female
Classification
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)
Subfamily Limnephilinae
Tribe Limnephilini
Genus Limnephilus
Explanation of Names
Limnephilus Leach 1815
Greek limne 'a pool; marsh' + philos 'loving'
Numbers
~100 spp. in our area(1); selected local faunas: MI 17 spp.(2), ON 9[Cite:xxx]; SK 27(3), YT 27(4), AK 33, MT 35
Size
adult 13-20 mm
Identification
adult: ocelli present; maxillary palpi 3-segmented in males, 5-segmented in females; wings ususally 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(5)]
Range
mostly holarctic; in our area, widespread but notably more diverse in the north and the western mountains(1)
Habitat
water bodies of all types(1)
Season
adults fly May-Oct in the south, Jun-Sep in the far north
Food
larvae are filter feeders of detritus in the water
Works Cited
1.Aquatic Insects of North America
R. W. Merritt, K. W. Cummins, M.B. Berg. 2008. Kendall/Hunt.
2.Bright E. (2002-2011) Aquatic Insects of Michigan
3.Parker D. (-2012) AquaTax Consulting
4.Caddisflies (Trichoptera) of the Yukon, with analysis of the Beringian and Holarctic species of North America
Wiggins G.B., Parker C.R. 1997. In: Danks H.V., Downes J.A. (Eds.), Insects of the Yukon. Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods), Ottawa: 787–86.
5.How to Know the Insects
Roger G. Bland, H.E. Jaques. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.