Sunday, April 29, 2012

Grammy is not Fish Bait

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.




Mayfly



























































What an adventure we had finding these amazing
creatures in the creek.

3 comments:

Andrea Fleuren said...

Looks like you guys had a great time :)

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These Caddisflies might be dangerous.but they are so beautiful at the same time.stay happy and blessed.Thanks for sharing this article with us.keep posting

Ellen Kahue said...

Thank you I will! 😀