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Critter ID... What is it??

I've noticed this little thing on the glass of my tank for the past few days. I had assumed it was a small leaf off one of the plants stuck to the glass. Today, I noticed it moving and sure enough whatever it is, its alive. It looks like some sort of larva to me but it appears to be dragging around a "shell" made of what looks to be plant material. I don't know if this "shell" is what it hatched from and it couldn't shake it or what. I have a pic and have watched it pull itself almost all the way back into whatever it is attached to it. It has moved from the glass onto the vals in the pic since taking these. I've skimmed through the Bug ID thread, but don't recall seeing anything like it in there. It is white and the "shell" is a light greenish color.













The last pic shows it hanging out on the glass pretty much dead center of the picture. Any ideas on what this thing could be?? Should I remove it from the tank or just let it hang around? I only have pond/bladder/Malaysian trumpet/ram horn snails in here at the moment.
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Hi Mike. Looks like a caddisfly larva.

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Hi Mike. Looks like a caddisfly larva.
I agree, especially since you said it looks like it made a shell from plant matter.
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Hi Mike. Looks like a caddisfly larva.
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I agree, especially since you said it looks like it made a shell from plant matter.
Pretty sure you two are correct. Thank you both for the response. Its really appreciated. I don't see it at the moment so I'll keep an eye out and see what happens. Thanks again!
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