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Unformatted text preview: Caddisfly (caddisflies) Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Superorder: Amphiesmenopt era Order: Trichoptera family: Brachycentridae they are small moth-like insects having two pairs of hairy membranous wings . They are closely related to Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) which have scales on their wings, and the two orders together form the superorder Amphiesmenoptera . Caddisflies have aquatic larvae and are found in a wide variety of habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, spring seeps, and temporary waters ( vernal pools ). The larvae of many species make protective cases of silk decorated with gravel, sand, twigs or other debris. Although caddisflies may be found in waterbodies of varying qualities, species-rich caddisfly assemblages are generally thought to indicate clean water. Together with stoneflies and mayflies , caddisflies feature importantly in bioassessment surveys of streams and other water bodies. Caddisfly species can be found in all feeding guilds in stream habitats, with some species being predators, leaf...
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