Larvae of the three common North American species Phylocentropus (Trichoptera: Dipseudopsidae)
The caddisfly genus Phylocentropus includes 7 extant species globally, of which 5 occur in eastern North America and 2 in eastern Asia. Larvae of the 3 most common North American species [Phylocentropus carolinus Carpenter, P. lucidus (Hagen), and P. placidus (Banks)] were associated with identifiable adults and diagnostic characters are described. Larvae of these 3 species may be distinguished by overall length of mature larvae, head color pattern, and number of spines on the hind tibiae. Larvae of other species of this genus are unknown.
Phylocentropus carolinus; Phylocentropus lucidus; Phylocentropus placidus; species diagnosis; water quality monitoring