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Creepy-Crawly  Silverfish

Silverfish - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Lepisma saccharina

Size: Approximately 15 to 20mms long.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: All year round.

Food: Silverfish are scavengers feeding on anything from mould to flour, even the glue on cardboard cartons.

Habitat: Often found in houses in bathrooms or kitchens. They rarely do any damage.

Special features: Silverfish are primitive, nocturnal insects. Like living fossils, they have hardly changed since the days when they used to scuttle around between the toes of dinosaurs in the primeval forests. Today, you are more likely to find them hiding beneath your kitchen sink.

Silferfish, as the name suggests, have silver coloured, flattened bodies covered in tiny hairs. They have three tails, small eyes, no wings, and antennae almost as long as the body.

Did You Know: Silverfish can live for up to one year without food.


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