Meet my grandson Peter. Something was nibbling on my feet.
Peter told me I was fish bait!
He and I love to find things in creeks!
Pete found three Caddisflies.
I edited this picture in order to preserve Peter's
integrity! heee heee Grammy's revenge...
I set the larvae on my pant leg and we watched as
the larvae come out of the home he made. Pete found
three Caddisflies in the creek. At first we didn't
think they were really alive but Pete convinced us
they were. We found out that Caddisflies are really
moth-like insects that are closely related to butterflies
(Lepidoptera). Their larvae are aquatic and they
use silk, gravel, twigs, or other debris to
make their homes.
Pete also found a lot of crayfish.
Crayfish feed on vegetable and animal debris.
They are arthropods and resemble lobsters. Crayfish
can be kept as pets in freshwater aquariums. Pete
is waiting for the day his mom will let him keep
one. Crayfish prefer foods like shrimp pellets or various
vegetables, but will also eat tropical fish food,
regular fish food, algae wafers, and even small
fish that can be captured by their claws. Their
disposition towards eating almost anything will
also cause them to explore the edibility
of aquarium plants in a fish tank.
Pete also found what we think are mayfly larvae.
What an adventure we had finding these amazing
creatures in the creek.