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Caddisfly

Observed: 16th June 2011 By: FrancineFrancine’s reputation in InvertebratesFrancine’s reputation in InvertebratesFrancine’s reputation in InvertebratesFrancine’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

This tiny moth is sitting on a poplar leaf at the edge of the campsite.

Identifications
  • Longhorn Moth
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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    Likely ID
    Mystacides azurea
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
    ID agreements (): 3 People
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Species interactions

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Comments

Francine's picture

Caddis!

I'd never of got that one, thanks. As I remember it was near the edge of the lake, and it certainly looks a good match.
Carol

Martin Harvey's picture

Mystacides

I agree that this is Mystacides, but I've never been confident of distinguishing M. azureus from M. nigra. The former is supposed to have "steel-blue" wings and the latter black wings, but I don't know how obvious that difference is in a photo.

Can anyone point out what it is that confirms this one as azurea, or do you think we should be cautious and identify it only to genus level?

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inopinatus's picture

Mystacides

I am also not confident that this can be identified to species from the photo. From the photo it looks more like nigra, but then the colours in the photo will not always be true to life, especially when the difference you are looking for is very subtle.

Also, I'm only really familiar with British caddis - not sure if there are any other species of Mystacides in France?