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Family Phryganeidae - Giant Casemaker Caddisflies

Caddisfly - Phryganea Giant Casemaker larva - Phryganea Caddisfly- Giant Casemakers - Agrypnia vestita Giant Casemaker - Banksiola crotchi Trichoptera - Agrypnia underside head and prothorax, caddisfly larva - Agrypnia Phryganeidae: Agrypnia glacialis? - Agrypnia Giant Casemaker - Phryganea
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Trichoptera (Caddisflies)
Suborder Integripalpia
Infraorder Plenitentoria
Superfamily Phryganeoidea
Family Phryganeidae (Giant Casemaker Caddisflies)
Other Common Names
Large Caddisflies
Explanation of Names
Phryganeidae Leach 1815
Size
adult body length 14-25 mm; common species usually >20 mm
Identification
Adults large (body usually 20 mm or more); forewings gray, brown, or yellowish-brown, sometimes with specks, patches, or other markings. Specific characters:
ocelli (simple eyes) present
no wing hairs clubbed--character shared with some other families (1)
maxillary palps 4-segmented in males, 5-segmented in females
front tibia has 2 or more spurs, middle tibia has 4
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Larval cases typically long, spiral-shaped or ring-shaped, constructed from grass stems, sometimes with small pebbles.
Range
most of North America; species diversity greatest in northeastern states and eastern Canada
Habitat
Larvae usually found in cold lakes and marshes, some live in flowing water.
Print References
Borror and White(1)
Internet References
larva and case of undetermined Phryganeidae (Jason Neuswanger, New York, troutnut.com)
Works Cited
1.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.