Urban insect

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by Craig Hardt, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Craig Hardt

    Craig Hardt aka Nagasaurus

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    Here's an urban insect found in the Thorton Creek watershed in Seattle (Meadowbrook). A caddis look-alike or actual caddis?

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  2. Taxon

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    The way this insect holds it wings (tent-like when at rest) reminds one of a caddisfly, but that is not what it is, so in answer to your question, it's a caddisfly look-alike. Although I know what this insect is, others will learn more from attempting to identify it. However, I will provide the following hint: The larval lifestage of this insect is aquatic.
     
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    Alder fly ?
     
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    Yes, Bob, very good; it's an alderfly. Incidentally, you might note the lack of a space, as only members of order Diptera (like crane fly) have a space.
     
  5. Craig Hardt

    Craig Hardt aka Nagasaurus

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    Thank you for the ID (and additional education)!