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Trichoptera of Gunnison County, Colorado

Introduction to the Caddisfly family Leptoceridae
Longhorned Case Makers

Leach in Brewster, 1815
Updated 29 Jan 2010
TSN 116547

Leptoceridae larvae have very long antennae, thus the common name "Longhorned Case Makers". Oecetis larvae also have exceptionally long maxillary palps, which look like long-horns as well. The larvae also have much longer hind legs than the fore or middle legs. They have single abdominal gills.

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Oecetis inconspicua
Triaenodes grisea

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Hauer,FR; Stanford,JA; Ward,JV 1989 Serial discontinuities in a Rocky Mountain river. II. Distribution and abundance of Trichoptera. Regulated Rivers: Research and Management 3, 177-182.

Leach,WE 1815, in Brewster's Edinburg Encyclopedia 9(1) Entomology pp 52-172.
     Leach describes the caddis family Leptoceridae on page 136.

Merrill,D 1969 The distribution of case recognition in ten families of caddis larvae (Trichoptera). Animal Behavior 17(3)486-493.

Morse,JC 1981 A phylogeny and classification of family group taxa of Leptoceridae(Trichoptera:). Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Trichoptera, Perugia, 1980, G.P. Moretti (ed.),pp 257-264. The Hague: Junk.

Ross,HH 1938 Descriptions of nearctic caddis flies (Trichoptera) with special reference to the Illinios species. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin 21 4, 101-183.

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

Brown,WS 2006 Trichoptera (Caddisflies) of Gunnison County, Colorado, USA