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Genus Ptilostomis

 Pyralidae? - Ptilostomis caddisfly - Ptilostomis Caddisfly - Ptilostomis Caddisfly - Ptilostomis Large orange caddisfly - Ptilostomis Ptilostomis Brown Folded wing moth with long antennae - Ptilostomis Ptilostomis ocellifera - Ptilostomis
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 Ptilostomis
Explanation of Names
Ptilostomis Kolenati 1859
Numbers lists 5 species.
Circa 22 mm (head to tip of folded wings), circa 15 mm (body only)
Large caddisflies with fairly distinctive patterns. See photos and Internet references.
Near ponds and lakes
May, September (North Carolina), June (Minnesota)
Life Cycle
Larvae make spirally arranged tubes of plant material. Apparently two flights per year, at least in North Carolina. Come to lights.