Caddisfly Family Philopotamidae
Emergence and egg-laying behaviors vary widely within this family of net-spinning caddisflies. Some species, like Dolophilodes distinctus, have very unusual quirks. That species and Chimarra aterrima are two of the most important in this family.Larva & Pupa BiologyShelter Type: Very fine-meshed nets
Pictures of 8 Caddisfly Specimens in the Family Philopotamidae:
Female Dolophilodes distinctus (Tiny Black Gold Speckled-Winged Caddis) Caddisfly Adult
View 6 PicturesThis is a really strange specimen. I would guess it's one of the dry caddis pupa that scoots across the surface of the water as a pupa rather than emerging right away. Its "wing pads (
Wing pad: A protrusion from the thorax of an insect nymph which holds the developing wings. Black wing pads usually indicate that the nymph is nearly ready to emerge into an adult.)" sure don't look right, though. Maybe they're deformed and that's why I was able to find this one as a pupa in the first place. It also looks like it might be a caddis adult missing its wings, but since I found three of them, that kind of rules out such an anomalous maiming.
The wing pads on this final instar Baetidae
mayfly nymph are extremely dark.
I found this one and one other on a midstream rock. The previous day, I caught a similar creature kicking around on the water's surface.
This one died and shriveled a little bit before I could photograph it, but it's basically in its original shape.
Recent Discussions of Philopotamidae
Emerger pictures anyone??? 5 Replies »
Last reply on Apr 9, 2018 by Gazzer
I would like to see a picture of an emerging Chimarra or a pupa stage before emerging if anyone has one. I am baffled and curious to how and when they change from a yellow/orange larva to a black adult fly. Also, what would be a good emerger pattern for this fly? Lafontaine emerger in what color?Replyovipositing? 6 Replies »
I had a large swarm of black sedges in a size 16 ovipositing today.the females hadvblack wings and body with a green egg sack was just wondering if that is this genus or something totally differentReplyPupa color? 6 Replies »
Last reply on Apr 5, 2012 by Entoman
Seems like dead drifting the pupa pattern during the emergence time is a good way to fish this before the adults are on the water.Replybright green? 1 Reply »
Does the pupa retain the orange color of the larva or do they have the color of the adult?
Last reply on Jan 12, 2009 by Taxon
i recently came across with a bright green one of these. Is that the same or a completely different species? Reply
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