Story: Insects – overview

New Zealand caddisfly

New Zealand caddisfly

Adult caddisflies are small, moth-like insects. Their larvae live in water and feed on algal films that cover rocks and decomposing leaves. Some larvae make protective cases in which to live, other species are free-living. In summer at dusk, adults can be seen flying over fast-flowing streams.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Unique species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007