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“Giant Casemaker Caddisflies”
Family Overview
The larva lives in a case made of dead leaves with the pieces arranged as rings or in a spiral; the top of the first thoracic segment is covered by sclerites; the tops of the second and third thoracic segments are membranous or may have a pair of smaller sclerites on the top of the second segment; there is a prothoracic horn (stiff needle) between the front legs; there is a sclerite on the top of the 9th abdominal segment; anal prolegs are partly fused with the end of the abdomen.
Characteristics
POLLUTION TOLERANCE
Mid-Atlantic: up to 5
Upper Midwest: up to 5
Southeast: up to 6.7
0 = least tolerant, 10 = most tolerant
FEEDING HABITS
Engulfer / Predator
Shredder / Herbivore
MOVEMENT
Climber
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Diagnostic Characters
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Order: Larvae: Wings/wing pads absent. Eye spots present, but compound eyes absent. Antennae usually small, inconspicuous. Three pairs of segmented legs present on thorax. Pair of anal prolegs, each with single hook, located on last abdominal segment. Larvae can be free-living, in silken retreats attached to substrate, or in usually-portable tubes or cases made of sand, rocks, or plant material.
Family: The larva lives in a case made of dead leaves with the pieces arranged as rings or in a spiral; the top of the first thoracic segment is covered by sclerites; the tops of the second and third thoracic segments are membranous or may have a pair of smaller sclerites on the top of the second segment; there is a prothoracic horn (stiff needle) between the front legs; there is a sclerite on the top of the 9th abdominal segment; anal prolegs are partly fused with the end of the abdomen.