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Neophylax (Autumn Mottled Sedges) Caddisfly AdultNeophylax (Autumn Mottled Sedges) Caddisfly Adult View 20 PicturesThis large caddisfly looks really neat close-up.
Collected September 19, 2006 from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
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The Discussion

TaxonOctober 4th, 2006, 5:53 pm
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Jason-

Looks like Hydrospyche to me, most likely H. betteni. However, if you've keyed it out to Phryganeidae, I'm probably wrong.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
GONZOOctober 5th, 2006, 12:02 pm
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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My first impression was that the wing didn't have quite the degree of recurve typical of Hydropsyche. The photo of the maxillary palp seems conclusive in ruling out this genus (the fifth segment would be much longer in Hydropsyche).

The pattern of spurs on the legs seems to follow Limnephilidae (1, 2-3, 4) rather than Phryganeidae (2, 4, 4); and the five-segmented palp would be female (in either family). Size, color, habitat, and season all seem to suggest Limnephilus (Summer Flier Sedge) as the likely genus to me; but the Limnephilidae are known as an "unruly" family, and some caddisflies just confuse the hell out of me.

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