British Insects: the families of Caddis flies (Trichoptera)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Psychomyiidae Kol.

Adults. Antennae much shorter than the fore-wings to about as long as the fore-wings; with a short first segment. Ocelli absent. Maxillary palps 5 segmented; filiform, with cylindrical segments; the terminal segment flexible, multi-articulated, annulated and generally relatively elongated. The mesoscutum with a pair of warts.

The fore-wings (4–)5–8 mm long; with a discoidal cell; apical forks 4 (2, 3, 4 and 5), or 5 (with 1 present as well in Economus). The hind-wings narrower than the fore-wings; without a discoidal cell (except in Lype reducta); apical forks 2 (2 and 5), or 3 (2, 3 and 5).

Front tibia 2 spurred (nearly always), or 3 spurred (only in Ecnomus tenellus). Middle tibia 4 spurred. Hind tibia 4 spurred.

Larvae. The larvae constructing fixed, silken tubes (these often at least 4 cm long, with attached sand grains, mud, etc., and attached to a stone or other support), or inhabiting freshwater sponges (Ecnomus tenellus only); campodeoid. The labrum sclerotized. The anterior margin of the pronotum sclerotized, but only lightly so. The mesonotum sclerotized (Ecnomus), or entirely membranous. The metanotum sclerotized (Ecnomus), or entirely membranous; in Ecnomus, divided longitudinally into two sclerites. Abdominal segment 1 without retractable papillae. The larva with the terminal abdominal prolegs free of one another.

British representation. 13 species. Genera: Ecnomus, Lype, Metalype, Psychomyia, Tinodes.

Illustrations. • Metalype, Psychomyia, Tinodes: wing venation. • Lype and Tinodes: larvae and tunnel.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the families of Caddis flies (Trichoptera). Version: 29th December 2011. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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