The caddisfly larvae is aquatic and can be found in a variety of habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, springs and even temporary waters. The caddisfly larvae collects whatever material it can to form its protective case, bonding the various materials together with silk that it excretes from its salivary glands near its mouth.
Different species of caddisfly tend to use different materials for their protective cases making for a diverse array of cases. Artists have even taken it a step further, cultivating their own cadisfly and providing them with unique building materials like gold and pearls to create ornate protective cases that are preserved for their artistic merit after the cadisfly has undergone metamorphosis.
Here is a gallery of unique protective case designs as well as some artistic examples from cultivated caddisfly.
Artists Hubert Duprat taking advantage of the Caddisfly Larvae natural instinct in order to create these amazing pieces of art.
Watch video to see the amazing process.