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Trichoptera: Limnephilidae of Gunnison County, Colorado

Limnephilus moestus

Banks 1908
Updated 2 Mar 2022
TSN 116179

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Banks,N 1908 Some Trichoptera, and allied insects, from Newfoundland. Psyche 15: 61-67.

Heinold,B 2010 The mayflies (Ephemeroptera), stoneflies (Plecoptera), and caddisflies (Trichoptera) of the South Platte River Basin of Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. M.S. Thesis, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 375 pages. 148 distribution maps. PDF
     Quote from page 255:"This species occurred throughout the SPRB above the foothills. Larvae probably inhabit ponds and lakes (Wiggins 1996). Specimens were collected at elevations from 2499 m 3360 m. Adults were present from April to August."

Hoffman,RL and Parker,CR 1997 Limnephilus moestus Banks, a northern caddisfly in the Atlantic Coastal Plain (Trichoptera: Limnephilidae). Banisteria 10:25-26. PDF
     Abstract: "Limnephilid caddisflies as a group tend to be distinctly psychrophilic, with northern continental distributions. As one consequence of this condition "The larvae of the limnephilids are in general rather closely restricted to cold, clear, well oxygenated water" (Flint, 1960: 3). Most members of the Nearctic fauna occur most widely in Canada, with southern extensions -if any - along the Appalachians and Rocky Mountains. Heretofore, Limnephilus moestus (Banks, 1908) has been an exemplar of such biogeographic constraints. It ranges across North America from Greenland to British Columbia, southward to Utah and Colorado in the Rockies and to West Virginia and Delaware in the East. Nearly all of the localities east of the Great Plains lie within the area covered by Wisconsin stage glaciation. While it is not unusual for plants and animals with obviously boreal distributions to occur southward in eastern United States, such disjunct outliers are normally associated with high elevations which provide the requisite cool habitats. Contrary to this logical constraint, Limnephilus moestus has been found in recent years virtually at sea level from New Jersey to southeastern North Carolina."

Houghton,DC; Brandin,CM and Brakel,KA 2018 Analysis of the caddisflies (Trichoptera) of the Manistee River watershed, Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist, 44(1 & 2) PDF
     Peak abundance or the most adults of L. moestus were found near streams in June and July.

Ross,HH 1944 The Caddis Flies, or Trichoptera, of Illinois. Natural History Survey of Illinois 23 Los Angeles, CA. 326 pages. PDF

Ruiter,DE; Kondratieff,BC; Lechleitner,RA and Zuellig,RE 2005 An annotated list of the caddisflies (Trichoptera) of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, pp.159-187. PDF
     Abstract: "The caddisflies of Mount Rainier National Park (MRNP), Washington, USA, were surveyed between 1997 and 2004. At least 1,930 specimens from over 250 collections at 163 sites were examined. Based on the current understanding of caddisfly systematics, 108 species were identified. With nine additional species previously reported that we did not confirm, a total of 117 species are now known from MRNP, representing over 50 % of the reported Washington state caddisfly fauna. The collections of the rare brachycentrid, Eobrachycentrus gelidae Wiggins, represent the second and third known records of adults for this species. Six species, Apatania zonella (Zetterstedt), Asynarchus aldinus (Ross), Limnephilus moestus Banks, Polycentropus flavus (Banks), Rhyacophila vobara Milne, and Neophylax occidentis Banks represent new records for the state of Washington. One new species of Polycentropus was discovered. "

Brown,WS 2009 Trichoptera (Caddisflies) of Gunnison County, Colorado, USA