Caddisfly Larva – 3/17/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 3/17/11

Observation Time: 3:10 p.m.

Observation Location: vernal pool near Bay Road

Common Name: Caddisfly Larva

Scientific Name: Order Trichoptera

Comments: Caddisfly larva are aquatic. They build a protective case of silk around themselves, incorporating debris for camouflage and protection. Their presence is indicative of good water quality. Adult caddis flies emerge en masse for just a few weeks. After emergence, they do not eat, but they mate and the females lay eggs. Caddisflies are a preferred food of trout.

More Information:

Caddis Fly Larva