Caddis Flies are a common by-catch when using light traps to attract moths, yet they are, more often than not, ignored or simply seen as nuisance and are discarded without any attempt being made to identify or record them. Undoubtedly, one of the main reasons for this widespread practice is the problem of identification. Only about a third of adult caddis flies can be identified on wing pattern alone.

Yet Caithness hosts a range of Caddis Flies with 74 species having been recorded in the County. Caithness may be a stronghold for at least one flagship species, Nemotaulius punctatolineatus.

The purpose of this section of the Moths of Caithness website is to address this problem and to encourage moth observers to take a greater interest in Caddis Flies. The aim is to provide a data base where records for Caithness can be lodged so that species information and distribution maps can be displayed and to provide a photographic resource to aid identification.

This Caddis Flies section is in the very early stage of development but it is hoped that over the next few years enough information will be gathered to provide a meaningful picture of the status of, at least, the commoner species in the County.  There is a page for each species with a map showing the distribution of records, a note of the number of records recorded in the County and a photography were one is available.

For advice on recording and obtaining identification of Caddis Flies contact Neil Money, the County Moth Recorder, by email to:

Many thanks to Ian Wallace, Curator Conchology and Aquatic Biology, National Museums Liverpool for his support and expert advice on identification and for providing details of historic records.

To go to a species page click on one of the links below or to return to the home page click on   RETURN TO MOTHS HOME

 Adicella reducta        Agapetus fuscipes      Agraylea multipunctata   Agrypnia obsoleta   Agrypnia varia   Allogamus auricollis   
Anabolia nervosa    Apatania wallengreni   Athripsodes aterrimus     Athripsodes bilineatus    Athripsodes cinereus  

Beraea maurus       Beraea pullata     Brachycentrus subnublius    

Ceraclea annulicornis     Ceraclea fulva     Ceraclea nigronervosa     Chaetopteryx villosa    Cyrnus flavidus    Cyrnus trimaculatus  

Drusus annulatus    

Ecclisopteryx guttulata  

Glossosoma conformis     Goera pilosa    Grammotaulius nigropunctatus  

Halesus digitatus    Halesus radiatus    Holocentropus dubius     Holocentropus stagnalis      Hydropsyche angustipennis    
Hydropsyche contubernalis   Hydropsyche instabilis    Hydropsyche pellucidula   Hydropsyche siltalai     Hydroptila forcipata    

Lepidostoma hirtum    Limnephilus affinis   Limnephilus auricula   Limnephilus centralis    Limnephilus extricatus     Limnephilus flavicornis  
Limnephilus lunatus   Limnephilus luridus     Limnephilus marmoratus    Limnephilus rhombicus    Limnephilus sparsus    Limnephilus stigma  Limnephilus vittatus  Lype phaeopa

Micropterna lateralis     Micropterna sequax   Molanna albicans    Mystacides azurea    Mystacides longicornis  

Nemotaulius punctatolineatus     Neureclipsis bimaculata    

Odontocerum albicorne     Oecetis ochracea    

Philopotamus montanus    Phryganea bipunctata     Phryganea grandis   Plectrocnemia conspersa     Plectrocnemia geniculata  
Polycentropus kingi   Polycentropus flavomaculatus     Potamophylax cingulatus   Potamophylax latipennis    Psychomyia pusilla    

Rhyacophila dorsalis  

Sericostoma personatum    Silo pallipes   Stenophylax permistus  

Tinodes waeneri     Triaenodes bicolor