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Trichoptera (caddisflies)

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Adult caddisfly on rock next to stream at Kirstenbosch (Cape Peninsula).


Larval cases of Hydrosalpinx sericea (Hydrosalpingidae), a species endemic to mountain streams in the Western Cape.

Larval cases and adult of Petrothrincus circularis (Petrothrincidae), endemic to mountain streams of the Western Cape.

Adult caddisflies have a moth-like appearance. Larvae are found at the bottom of streams and build distinctive cases round themselves.


See publications on African caddisflies by Dr K.M.F. Scott

  • Morse, J.C. 1997. Phylogeny of Trichoptera. Annual Review of Entomology 42: 427-450.