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Caddisfly Family Philopotamidae

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Emergence and egg-laying behaviors vary widely within this family of net-spinning caddisflies. Some species, like Dolophilodes distinctus, have very unusual quirks. That species and Chimarra aterrima are two of the most important in this family.

Larva & Pupa Biology


Shelter Type: Very fine-meshed nets

Pictures of 7 Caddisfly Specimens in the Family Philopotamidae:

Specimen Page:12
Male Dolophilodes distinctus (Tiny Black Gold Speckled-Winged Caddis) Caddisfly AdultMale Dolophilodes distinctus (Tiny Black Gold Speckled-Winged Caddis) Caddisfly Adult View 6 PicturesThis caddis species was dancing high over the stream, spaced a foot or two apart across most of its width, very much like Ephemera mayfly spinners but with more side-to-side motion mixed in. There were more than enough to get the trout interested, but I wasn't able to stick around until they fell on the water (if they did at all).
Collected May 28, 2007 from Mystery Creek #42 in Pennsylvania
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on June 4, 2007
Female Dolophilodes distinctus (Tiny Black Gold Speckled-Winged Caddis) Caddisfly AdultFemale Dolophilodes distinctus (Tiny Black Gold Speckled-Winged Caddis) Caddisfly Adult View 6 PicturesThis is a really strange specimen. I would guess it's one of the dry caddis pupa that scoots across the surface of the water as a pupa rather than emerging right away. Its "wing pads (
The wing pads on this final instar Baetidae mayfly nymph are extremely dark.
The wing pads on this final instar Baetidae mayfly nymph are extremely dark.
Wing pad: A protrusion from the thorax of an insect nymph which holds the developing wings. Black wing pads usually indicate that the nymph is nearly ready to emerge into an adult.
)
" sure don't look right, though. Maybe they're deformed and that's why I was able to find this one as a pupa in the first place. It also looks like it might be a caddis adult missing its wings, but since I found three of them, that kind of rules out such an anomalous maiming.

I found this one and one other on a midstream rock. The previous day, I caught a similar creature kicking around on the water's surface.

This one died and shriveled a little bit before I could photograph it, but it's basically in its original shape.
Collected May 29, 2007 from Brodhead Creek in Pennsylvania
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on June 4, 2007
Specimen Page:12

Recent Discussions of Philopotamidae

ovipositing? 6 Replies »
Posted by Btopbuckeye on Mar 4, 2015 in the genus Chimarra
Last reply on Mar 6, 2015 by Crepuscular
I had a large swarm of black sedges in a size 16 ovipositing today.the females hadvblack wings and body with a green egg sack was just wondering if that is this genus or something totally different
ReplyPupa color? 6 Replies »
Posted by Frankcoz on Mar 27, 2008 in the genus Chimarra
Last reply on Apr 5, 2012 by Entoman
Seems like dead drifting the pupa pattern during the emergence time is a good way to fish this before the adults are on the water.

Does the pupa retain the orange color of the larva or do they have the color of the adult?
ReplyEmerger pictures anyone??? 4 Replies »
Posted by Hellgie on Mar 30, 2010 in the genus Chimarra
Last reply on Apr 6, 2010 by Hellgie
I would like to see a picture of an emerging Chimarra or a pupa stage before emerging if anyone has one. I am baffled and curious to how and when they change from a yellow/orange larva to a black adult fly. Also, what would be a good emerger pattern for this fly? Lafontaine emerger in what color?
Replybright green? 1 Reply »
Posted by Phishheaduj on Jan 12, 2009 in the genus Chimarra
Last reply on Jan 12, 2009 by Taxon
i recently came across with a bright green one of these. Is that the same or a completely different species?
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