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Caddisflies

image of Caddisfly on leaf
Various species in the order Trichoptera
The adults are mothlike. The aquatic larvae are famous for building portable, protective cases out of local materials, including grains of sand, bits of leaves and twigs, and other debris. More

Caddisfly Larva With Case

Photo of caddisfly larva with case made of detritus
Caddisfly larvae are aquatic, slender, with a segmented abdomen that is usually hidden within a portable protective case. This larva has incorporated pebbles, leaves, and other detritus into its case. More

Caddisfly Larva With Pebble Case

Photo of caddisfly larva with pebble case
The types of cases made by caddisfly larvae vary with the species. This larva has made a slender, tubelike case using pebbles. More

Caddisfly Larva With Plant-Fiber Case

Photo of caddisfly larva with case made of plant fibers
The head of a caddisfly larva has chewing mouthparts, and there are 3 pairs of legs at the front of the body. This larva has made a case using fibrous parts of plants. More

Caddisfly Larva Without Case

Photo of caddisfly larva without case
The larvae of some caddisfly species do not create protective cases. Many of those that do not are predaceous. More

Caddisfly Larvae With Spiral Cases

Photo of caddisfly larvae with spiral cases
The larvae of some caddisfly species create protective cases that are spiral like a snail shell. These larvae have incorporated sand grains into their cases. More