Attracted to light, evening. 16mm long (head to folded wing tip).
It's a lovely Idia specimen, but really posting this for the fuzzy little microcaddisfly, family Hydroptilidae. 3.4 mm -- that Idia is NOT a big moth; the caddisfly is teeny.
Protoptilinae (used in BugGuide but not found in iNat or external providers); 4.3 mm. Went bonkers looking for it in moths, then realized I must be barking up the wrong tree. Not a great shot, but it's a NJ subfamily record on BugGuide -- actually, there are only a handful of photos from the whole subfamily nationwide. (Not to be confused with genus Chimarra, which is in a different family but also goes by the common name little black caddisflies.)
In lizard house
Caddisfly larva in its container. Whenever it was disturbed by any movement, it would swiftly hide in its case, but it would later on peek out and try to move around.
When I went searching for aquatic insects in a small stream, I used a water bottle, plastic bags, and my hands, sometimes with help of leaves or sticks lying around; an aquatic net would have been better, but catching things was tricky but doable, usually. The animals were released back into the water.
Small dark caddis. Ubiquitous on this and other area streams through much of the summer.
The caddisflies are an order, Trichoptera, of insects with approximately 12,000 described species. Also called sedge-flies or rail-flies, they are small moth-like insects having two pairs of hairy membranous wings. They are closely related to Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) which have scales on their wings, and the two orders together form the superorder Amphiesmenoptera. Caddisflies have aquatic larvae and are found in a wide variety of habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, spring seeps, and...