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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 8 Caddisfly Specimens in the Family Philopotamidae:

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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 by Troutnut on June 4, 2007
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Recent Discussions of Philopotamidae

Emerger pictures anyone??? 7 Replies »
Posted by Hellgie on Mar 30, 2010 in the genus Chimarra
Last reply on Apr 30, 2022 by Martinlf
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?
Replyovipositing? 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?
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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