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Thursday, 6 May 2010

Caddis Fly Larvae

On the early evening of Wednesday the 5th May, Jenny & I noticed in the fish pond in the garden an inch long moving "stick" in the water. Fishing it out it was a curious amalgamation of bark wood shards and then I "twigged' (pun intended) what it was! It was a Caddis Fly larvae and you could see the head of the insect in the whole at the front end of it's protective shell.
On Thursday 6th May, an early morning look around Corton ORT revealed 4 Blackcaps (3 male, 1 female) seen singing and 1 singing Chiff- Chaff. Back in the garden, during the early evening of the 6th May we saw 2 Caddis Fly larvae in the fish pond including a second one with small shards of rock around its shell. Photographing them briefly out of the water, the insect would come out of it's sanctuary and the vulnerable maggot-like body was seen when it stretched right out from its protective shell. Both larvae were of course put back into the water after a couple of minutes.

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