HomeInstructionsUse the keyGroupsfamAnatomy
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Trichoptera
Sub-Order Spicipalpia
Family Hydroptilidae
Common Name Purse-case caddisflies
Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Purse-case makers; barrel-shaped cases; mostly portable
  • Dorsal side of thorax entirely covered in sclerite
  • Larvae are free living until final instar
Additional Pictures



QuickTime Movies


Additional Links



Merritt, R W., K W. Cummins, and M B. Berg. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Company, 2008