Shakeyfly on Oct 17, 2012October 17th, 2012, 3:18 pm EDT
This is a very amateur question... but do different species or families of caddisflies make their cases out of different materials? or do they all just use whats available to them?
Meaning when I do a search for brachycentrus, I noticed almost all the images are of the 4 sided wooden cases. Are the caddisflies that make their cases out of stones and pebbles a different subgenus/family/species?
Thanks for the input and information!
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Taxon on Oct 17, 2012October 17th, 2012, 6:56 pm EDT
The best categorization of caddisfly larval cases (which I have seen) appears as the row headings of a table in W. Patrick McCafferty's wonderful book, Aquatic Entomology:
The full table has a column for each of the different caddisfly families, but the row headings should provide you a feel for the variety of larval caddisfly case types. I believe that a given species of caddisfly tends to build the save type of cases, but expect there are probably numerous exceptions. With regard to Brachycentrus, as I recall, not all of the species build square cases, as some species build tubular cases.
Risenfly on Dec 18, 2012December 18th, 2012, 10:25 am EST
If you're trying to imitate these bugs then try using lead tape. You can form it a bit more than the lead wire to help get the box, or cylinder shape you want and then advance with your other materials.
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