Cedar Creek
Ecosystem Science Reserve

Insects of Cedar Creek


(Web Spinners)

     Webspinners (10 NA spp) spin silken galleries in soil, humus, and under bark.  They are detritivores, feeding on fungi and dead plant material.  Elongate cylindrical (10 mm) and soft-bodied, the males are winged and the females wingless.  The 10 species in three families (Anisembiidae, Oligembiidae, Oligotomidae) are distributed across the southern U.S. ranging as far north as Iowa.  None collected in Minnesota? or CCESR.
1. Family ANISEMBIIDAE (Not found in Minnesota)
2. Family OLIGEMBIIDAE (Not found in Minnesota)
3. Family OLIGOTOMIDAE (Not found in Minnesota)

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