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Caddisfly

Nectopsyche sp.

Description:

Tiny moth about 3/8' long by 1/16" wide. The antennae are three times the length of the body.

Habitat:

Tropical dry forest in NW Costa Rica a few weeks into the beginning of the dry season.


No species ID suggestions

5 Comments

Tom15
Tom15 3 years ago

You're welcome Larry, glad I was able to help.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 3 years ago

Thank you Tom. You actually resolved the mystery of four of my spottings. I think they are only two distinct species. As you mention, it is very difficult to ascertain which is which especially since I can't find any photos of living specimens. Pura Vida!

Tom15
Tom15 3 years ago

Nice spotting! It's a caddisfly in the genus Nectopsyche, maybe N. utleyorum but you need to see the side of the wings to get it to species. There are quite a few that look the same from the top.
http://www.entomology.umn.edu/museum/pro...

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 3 years ago

You are my greatest champion Maria! Thanks!

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

Amazing antennae - I didn't think of moths as having such long ones. Cool spotting.

Costa Rica

Lat: 10.20, Long: -85.83

Spotted on Nov 16, 2012
Submitted on Dec 19, 2013

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