Trichoptera-Calamoceratidae-Phylloicus mexicanus-Caddisflies FEMALE (F)

Phylloicus mexicanus

Madera Canyon, Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Coordinates: 31.712530, -110.875272
Elevation: 5,424 ft
July 4, 2019
I caught this caddisfly while it was hovering approximately a foot over a small pond in a stream. Curiously, it quickly dropped to the water surface and immediately returned to hovering at its original spot. It performed this action sequence at least five times before I swept it. I assume that it was dipping the tip of her abdomen into the water and laying eggs. Different caddisfly species lay eggs near, on, or in the water.
Determined by Salvador Vitanza
Confirmed by Dave Ruiter

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