Native SpeciesCaddisfly larva

Trichoptera (order)
FOUND by rhodonite@363
2017-10-18
Bridgton
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Cedar B
Peer reviewed by Cedar B
Field Notes
The day was sunny and clear, the temperature was about 46 degrees Celsius. Tree cover was about 70%. We spent 25 min collecting and in that time identified 6 different species of Macroinvertebrates.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
I think I found a Caddisfly larva because it has six legs, and we know that Caddisfly larva have six legs.
Photo of my evidence.
It has a hard exoskeleton on its thorax with a soft abdomen, as Caddisfly larva are known to have.
Photo of my evidence.
The specimen has two small hooks at the end of it's abdomen, and we know that Caddisfly larvae have this feature. It could be confused with similar species like the Alderfly larva. However, we know that Alderfly larva have a branched tail with no hooks, so we know we found a caddisfly larva.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Trichoptera (order)
Common name:
Caddisfly larva
Count of individuals: 
1-10
Coverage: 
Reproduction: 
How big is it?: 
0 - 2 cm
Is it male or female?: 
Can't tell
Sampling method: 
Net
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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Latitude: 
N 44.052683 °
Longitude: 
W -70.685986 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Habitat: 
Freshwater - In a stream or river
Trip Information
Name:
Stevens Brook 4
Trip date: 
Wed, 2017-10-18 13:45
Town or city: 
Bridgton
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Ecosystem: 
Freshwater
Watershed: 
Presumpscot
MIDAS Code: 
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
6 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Dirt road
Walking trail
Recent disturbance
Water temperature: 
14.9°C
pH: 
6.0
Dissolved oxygen: 
9.9mg/L

Comments

Hi rhodonite! Nice job on the progression of evidence to have your strongest piece last. And I agree with the VS team on your field notes, lots of good information!

Thanks!

Great work, rhodonite! it is so helpful that you provide information on how long you were looking. What did you learn about the water quality of your stream?

Great evidence and reasoning in your observation!

~The Vital Signs Team

I came to the conclusion that the water quality is good based on the pollution tolerance of the species that we found. Most of the species we found were pollution sensitive while the others were only somewhat pollution tolerant.

Thanks for the feedback!