Adult Caddisfly ID?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by Taxon, May 2, 2012.

  1. Taxon Moderator

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    See if you can identify this beautiful adult caddisfly. Will be looking for family, genus, and species. As before, each identification attempt will receive a prompt and respectful response.

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  2. Taxon Moderator

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    Okay, I perhaps it's time for some clues. Although this caddisfly is not well-known, it has been reported from WA, inhabits stillwaters, and emerges in October. It is of the same family (and closely resembles) a caddisfly which is well-known, also emerges in October, but inhabits rivers rather than stillwaters.
  3. Matt Baerwalde ...

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    Family Limnephilidae

    purty bug
  4. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    Traveling Sedge
  5. Taxon Moderator

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    Very good, Matt. Yes, it is a Limnephilid.

    IDENTIFICATIONS

    Family: Limniphilidae - Northern Casemaker (Matt Baerwalde)
    Genus:
    Species:
  6. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    giant orange sedge?
  7. Taxon Moderator

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    Hi Patrick,

    It is not a Traveling (also called Traveler) Sedge, as they have stouter antennae. However, I do appreciate your having the courage to take a stab at it.
  8. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    Halesochila taylori
  9. Taxon Moderator

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    Hi McNasty,

    Giant Orange Sedge is one of the common names for the (quite similar) river-inhabiting caddisfly mentioned in post #2 of this thread. However, its stillwater-inhabiting counterpart does not have any common name of which I am aware.
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  11. Taxon Moderator

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    Bingo. :) Congratulations, Patrick.

    IDENTIFICATIONS

    Family: Limniphilidae - Northern Casemaker (Matt Baerwalde)
    Genus: Halesochila(Patrick Gould)
    Species: taylori(Patrick Gould)
  12. Taxon Moderator

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    Hi Derek Young-

    Okay, I'll bite. What is Externus? :(
  13. Matt Baerwalde ...

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    I have seen what may be this species hatching out of Rattlesnake Lake. I previously thought they were October caddis, but now I know I must've been wrong. I done learnt me sumthin. Way to go on the ID, Patrick.
  14. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    doh! srry i totally forgot. OC are one if my fav insects too, stupid mistake
  15. Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Summer Flier Sedge (Limnephilus exturnus)

  16. Taxon Moderator

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    Ah, thanks for the clarification, Derek. Although I wouldn't expect a Summer Flier Sedge to still be around in October, Limnephilus externus looks like this:

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