Story: Life in fresh water

Food net

Food net

Silken nets are used to capture food drifting on the current by the filter-feeding larvae (not visible) of the caddisfly. The sides of this net (diameter 8 millimetres) are attached to moss fragments. The larva spends most of its time in its home – a tube-like structure formed from gravel beneath the net. It emerges periodically to check the net for food.

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Roger Young, 'Life in fresh water - Invertebrates', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Roger Young, published 24 Sep 2007