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Caddisfly Species Dolophilodes distinctus (Tiny Black Gold Speckled-Winged Caddis)

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What a weird species is Dolophilodes distinctus. It emerges year-round, and the female adults in the winter do not have wings. In the summer they do, and in the spring there is a mix.

This is the most important species of Dolophilodes in the East and Midwest. It is never an intense emergence, but it may be present at times of the year when nothing else is available.

Where & When

Regions: East, Midwest

Time Of Year (?): All year; typically two peaks in winter and again in midsummer

Hatching Behavior

Time Of Day (?): Morning and afternoon

The pupae swim to the surface and then scoot across it to the shore to emerge. Swisher and Richards comment on the importance of this behavior in Selective Trout:

When fishing to an emergence, the adult and emerger imitations are usueless. The angler must use a hackled pupa skated over the water toward shore.

Larva & Pupa Biology

Environmental Tolerance: Prefers cold water

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