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caddis worm

noun
1.
the aquatic larva of a caddis fly, which constructs a protective case around itself made of silk, sand, stones, etc Also called caseworm, strawworm
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  • In short, the caddis worm builds with more or less everything that comes from the plant or the dead mollusk.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The caddis worm does not forget its talents; but it lacks choice pieces.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • A few hours later, having recovered from the shock of losing its sheath, the caddis worm sets to work to manufacture a new one.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • To lighten the weight, the caddis worm must first rise to the surface.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • There is another matter wherein the caddis worm deserves our attention.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • To dive down again, the caddis worm has only to retreat entirely into its sheath.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • But only too often the caddis worm dashes ahead, regardless of proportion.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • However, tacking on the surface of the water affords the caddis worm no pleasure.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • After a couple of minutes in the free air, I replace the caddis worm in the water.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The backward movement which brings the caddis worm home also brings the bit of twig to the edge of the tube.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre

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