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The Specimen

Brachycentrus appalachia (Apple Caddis) Caddisfly AdultBrachycentrus appalachia (Apple Caddis) Caddisfly Adult View 13 PicturesI captured this specimen in the same color as this photograph, during its egg-laying flight. The emergers are much lighter.
Collected May 13, 2007 from the West Branch of the Delaware River in New York
Added to by on May 18, 2007

The Discussion

Flytyer0423August 11th, 2009, 1:09 pm
germansville PA

Posts: 14
do all caddis flies have brown or a close shade to brown legs all the ones i looked at so far are either brown or a light brown almost tan
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CaseyPAugust 11th, 2009, 7:18 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
this might be the only exception. "Creno" provided guidance about the small black caddis on the Big Horn River in Montana:

The little black caddis of Bighorn fame is Amiocentrus aspilus. Pretty rare every where but there. The wings are iridescent black - shiny blue-greeny black. Out here we say magpie black.

the ones in my face and on my clothes all had black legs. bleaahhh--they were everywhere! ahh, the joys of a good hatch...

"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
GONZOAugust 11th, 2009, 9:14 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681

The short answer would be no, but legs that are some shade of brown or tan are pretty common. As Casey points out, some have blackish legs, and others can have rust, orange, yellow, gray, or whitish legs. Many have plain-colored legs, but some have distinctly banded legs.

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