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Caddisfly Eggs

For a long time I have wondered what creature deposits the 1” to 2”-long jelly-like masses of eggs I  often find this time of year about two-thirds up cattail leaves.  Common sense told me it was an aquatic creature, and indeed, it is, at least during its immature, or larval, stage.  A caddisfly, a small insect with tent-like wings, cleverly lays its eggs where the larvae, once hatched, can simply drop down into their habitat of choice, be it a pond or stream.