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Caddisfly Genus Dolophilodes (Medium Evening Sedges)

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» Genus Dolophilodes (Medium Evening Sedges)
Species in DolophilodesNumber of SpecimensNumber of Pictures
Dolophilodes aequalisMedium Evening Sedge12
Dolophilodes distinctusTiny Black Gold Speckled-Winged Caddis316
Dolophilodes novusamericanaMedium Evening Sedge00
Dolophilodes pallidipesMedium Evening Sedge00

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***Medium Evening Sedges
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Dolophilodes distinctus is the most interesting and important species in this genus, having a bizzarre life cycle. It is also the most abundant in the East and Midwest. The other species listed here are from the West.  

Where & When


Preferred Waters: Small mountain streams


Larva & Pupa Biology


Environmental Tolerance: Requires cold water

Pictures of 4 Caddisfly Specimens in the Genus Dolophilodes:

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

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