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The Specimen

Dolophilodes distinctus (Tiny Black Gold Speckled-Winged Caddis) Caddisfly AdultDolophilodes 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 on June 4, 2007

The Discussion

LitobranchaJune 12th, 2007, 12:04 pm
Knoxville TN

Posts: 51
This is a male dolophilodes, probably distinctus.

You can distinguish philopotamids from hydropsychids by the ocellar head warts that are absent in hydropsychids.

D. distinctus is everywhere, along with Oecetis inconspicua, including perhaps the moon, inner four planets and in orbit. it is a beautiful insect however.
TroutnutJune 12th, 2007, 6:35 pm
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Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2541
Neat, thanks for the ID and tip on how to tell the difference.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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