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Thysanura: Silverfish/Firebrats
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Thysanura: Silverfish/Firebrats

Have you ever spied small, silver or gray bugs in your bathroom, basement, or kitchen? They’re likely silverfish. These scaly, wingless insects munch on starches and sugars, including cereal, wallpaper, books, glue, and clothes. Inside a house, silverfish are destructive pests that can live as long as 8 years.

Discover more about these creepy crawlies that predate the dinosaurs.

General Entomology
Tricky Mister! Indirect Sperm Transfer in Primitive Hexapods

Tricky Mister! Indirect Sperm Transfer in Primitive Hexapods

Springtails and silverfish don’t mate the old-fashioned way. They use indirect sperm transfer. Watch the Bug Chicks enact the ritual in this hilarious video. More...

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The Bug Chicks
Entomologist: Zoe Adams

Entomologist: Zoe Adams

Zoe describes her life as an entomologist and her most exciting discovery...found inside her boss’ arm and thigh. Ew! More...

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Natural History Museum, London
How to Make a Silverfish Trap

How to Make a Silverfish Trap

Do you want to see real silverfish up close? Try this easy technique to catch these bugs in a jar. More...

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Garden, Garage and House Channel
Bristletails (Silverfish and Firebrats)

Bristletails (Silverfish and Firebrats)

Silverfish and firebrats are commonly called bristletails because of their 3 tail-like appendages. Find out more about these scaly pests that can infest homes — and how to control them. More...

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Penn State
Chemical Warfare of Stealthy Silverfish

Chemical Warfare of Stealthy Silverfish

Silverfish have found a way to outsmart ants in order to live in their nests and steal their food. Discover their clever disguise for fooling their hard-working hosts. More...

Article
Science Daily
Insect Metamorphosis

Insect Metamorphosis

Insects undergo an amazing metamorphosis during their life cycle. Watch this video to see a silverfish go through a 2-stage metamorphosis. More...

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Alchemystix
Order Zygentoma: Silverfish

Order Zygentoma: Silverfish

If you love bugs, you’ll want to check out these photos of silverfish spanning 2 families. Click on “Info” for facts on their size, range, and habitat. More...

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BugGuide

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