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ShakeyflyOctober 17th, 2012, 7:18 pm
Massachusetts

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This is a very amateur question... but do different species or families of caddisflies make their cases out of different materials? or do they all just use whats available to them?

Meaning when I do a search for brachycentrus, I noticed almost all the images are of the 4 sided wooden cases. Are the caddisflies that make their cases out of stones and pebbles a different subgenus/family/species?

Thanks for the input and information!
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TaxonOctober 17th, 2012, 10:56 pm
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Plano, TX

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Shakeyfly-

The best categorization of caddisfly larval cases (which I have seen) appears as the row headings of a table in W. Patrick McCafferty's wonderful book, Aquatic Entomology:



The full table has a column for each of the different caddisfly families, but the row headings should provide you a feel for the variety of larval caddisfly case types. I believe that a given species of caddisfly tends to build the save type of cases, but expect there are probably numerous exceptions. With regard to Brachycentrus, as I recall, not all of the species build square cases, as some species build tubular cases.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
ShakeyflyNovember 19th, 2012, 2:33 pm
Massachusetts

Posts: 11
Thanks for the awesome reply! sorry for the delay..I was out steelheadin! :)
The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad - A.K. Best

Catching fish is as incidental to fishing as making babies is to #$%&ing. ~William Humphrey

Here's to swimmin' with bow legged women. - Jaws
RisenflyDecember 18th, 2012, 3:25 pm
Pennsylvania

Posts: 9
If you're trying to imitate these bugs then try using lead tape. You can form it a bit more than the lead wire to help get the box, or cylinder shape you want and then advance with your other materials.
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