Land Caddis

Enoicyla pusilla

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Of the almost 200 species of caddisfly, the land caddis is the only one that lives on land throughout its whole life cycle.  They're most abundant in woodland leaf litter from Dec-Mar but the adults emerge in late summer and early autumn. 

How to identify

Larvae construct a case made mainly of sandy grains and develops through five instars. The females are flightless and much smaller than the males.

Where to find it

Amongst woodland leaf litter - oak litter often being the best. Restricted to Worcestershire and neighbouring counties


When to find it

Best to look in oak leaf litter between March and June when the larval cases are at their biggest. Adults fly in October

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.

Species information

Common name
Land Caddis
Latin name
Enoicyla pusilla
Fully developed larval cases are about 8-9mm long and 1.5-2mm diameter