Hydropsyche

This  beautifully marked caddisfly was attracted to my moth trap, as most of them are which I feature on this blog. Known as the angler's 'Grey Flags' or 'Marbled Sedges', there are nine species found in Britain, and need microscopic examination to determine the exact species. Double click on images to enlarge. August 2017, rear... Continue Reading →

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Caperer Caddis Fly Halesus radiatus

A side benefit of my moth trap is that it also attracts a lot of other insects that are on the wing at night, especially beautifully patterned and coloured caddisflies like this one. There are only 8 species of this genus Halesus in Europe, and only 2 in Britain. They are known as the angler's... Continue Reading →

Quite A Long One

I have cropped these images in 4:2 ratio to show off the length of this insect. This is a caddisfly called Limnephilus marmoratus. I guess you can't miss the extraordinarily long antennae. The wing markings are quite distinctive and help in identification amongst several similar species. Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

About Caddisflies

Also called 'sedges' or 'sedge flies', caddisflies are often mistaken for moths, and are often caught in moth traps. Belonging to the order of insects called Trichopera, this group of insects are often overlooked for their dull appearance, yet they are most interesting, and some can be quite beautiful in their own way. There are... Continue Reading →

Leptocerus tineiformis

A small and slender, plain caddisfly with tiny brown spots and with very long antennae. Forewing length 6 to 8mm. It flies June to August, and is found near ponds, lakes and canals. Attracted to light. Common and widespread in the south and central England, scarce further north and absent in Scotland. Photographs taken July... Continue Reading →

Cinnamon Sedge

Limnephilus lunatus A distinctive caddisfly with narrow transparent wings. It has a pale crescent moon on the outer edge of the forewings which is bordered by a dark line.  This marking distinguishes it from similar species and is where the caddisfly gets its scientific name. Forewing length 10 to 15mm. The larva lives in a case... Continue Reading →

Hydropsyche contubernalis

This caddisfly has wings covered in white specks and a distinct white blotch on a dark brown ground colour, although patterning can vary between individuals. Length 5 to 14mm. It flies May to September, and it is found near stream and rivers, and other flowing water courses. It is attracted to light. Common and widespread.... Continue Reading →

Look At The Size Of Those!

Longhorn (Oecetis ochracea) This is a caddislfy with antennae which just go on forever. A slim, pale buff caddisfly with exceptionally long antennae – 3x the length of the forewing. Forewing length 10 to 14mm. It flies May to September. Attracted to light, and is found on ponds, canals, lakes and slow rivers. Common and... Continue Reading →

Grousewing

Mystacides longicornis This is a relatively small caddisfly with distinctively brownish patterned yellowish forewings. It has extraordinary long pale antennae and bright red eyes. It must be noted that there are two colour varieties of this species, the second being the pale yellow form. Length 8 to 10mm. It flies May to September, and it... Continue Reading →

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