What Is It?

By MDC | January 1, 2022
From Xplor: January/February 2022
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  • At the bottom of a stream, I make my stand …
  • … in a castle built from leaves, pebbles, and sand.
  • Water that’s clean is really quite grand.
  • But as an adult, I prefer land.

Caddisfly Larva

Caddisfly babies, or larvae, live underwater. Many species build tube-shaped homes out of leaves, pebbles, or sand. The home offers camouflage, protects the baby’s squishy belly, and adds weight so the little insect isn’t swept away by swift currents. Caddisflies need clean water to survive. Finding them is a clue that a stream is healthy. Near the end of their lives, caddisflies transform into air-breathing,

moth-like adults.

This Issue's Staff

ARTIST
Alexis (AJ) Joyce

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Noppadol Paothong
David Stonner

DESIGNERS
Marci Porter
Les Fortenberry

ART DIRECTOR
Cliff White

EDITOR
Matt Seek

SUBSCRIPTIONS
Laura Scheuler

MAGAZINE MANAGER
Stephanie Thurber