We have a new addition (to the website, I mean). Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a moth? No, though it looks remarkably like the latter. Instead it is a caddisfly, an insect that spends it larval days underwater. The adult pictured here was one of many hiding (or trying to) in the lichen of the trees in picnic area at the edge of a pond. Such reserved, self-effacing behavior is also reminiscent of many moths. How do you tell them apart? Well, noting whether you are near a body of water is a decent start, but only a start. Their wings usually provide a strong indicator, as they are more transparent, if also hairy, as opposed to the self-defining scaled wings of moths. I do not have a lot of experience with these creatures, but from what I have had, they’re not terribly exciting adults. I hear the “kids” are more interesting, not an uncommon phenomenon among insects.