Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 49–56

Late-glacial and early-Holocene Trichoptera (Insecta) from Kråkenes Lake, western Norway

  • John O. Solem
  • Hilary H. Birks

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008064831048

Cite this article as:
Solem, J.O. & Birks, H.H. Journal of Paleolimnology (2000) 23: 49. doi:10.1023/A:1008064831048


Fossil Trichoptera (caddisfly) remains have been identified and quantitatively recorded in the late-glacial and early-Holocene sediments from Kråkenes Lake, western Norway. The sediment sequence was deposited between 12,300 and 8850 14C BP, covering the Allerød, Younger Dryas, and early-Holocene periods. The first Trichoptera were recorded at 12,000 14C BP, and during the Allerod a diverse assemblage of Limnephilidae taxa developed in the lake. By about 11,400 14C BP the relatively thermophilous Polycentropus flavomaculatus and Limnephilus rhombicus were present, suggesting that the summer water temperature was at least 17 °C. This temperature fell by 5-8 °C at the start of the Younger Dryas, and the thermophilous taxa were replaced within 20-40 14C yrs by Apatania spp., including the arctic-alpine A. zonella, suggesting a maximum summer water temperature of 10-12 °C. The Trichoptera assemblage was impoverished in numbers and in diversity over the next 200 yrs as the severe conditions of the Younger Dryas developed. As soon as temperatures rose and glacial meltwater and silt input ended about 700 14C yrs later, the resident Apatania assemblage expanded immediately, within 10 yrs. About 130 yrs later, thermophilous taxa replaced Apatania, and a much more diverse assemblage than in the Allerod occupied the varied habitats made available by the development of the Holocene lake ecosystem. The 130 yr delay may have been caused by a gradual temperature increase crossing a critical threshold, or by the time taken for thermophilous taxa to migrate from their Younger Dryas refugia.

Trichopteracaddisflieslate glacialAllerødYounger Dryasearly HoloceneKråkenespalaeolimnologyclimate change

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John O. Solem
    • 1
  • Hilary H. Birks
    • 2
  1. 1.The MuseumNorwegian University of Sciences and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Botanical InstituteUniversity of BergenBergenNorway