Latin: Lepisma saccharina Silverfish are silvery glistening and can be up to 1 cm long. Silverfish hide in cracks and crevices during daylight. They are common in basements and attics, where they can be found in birds’ nests and old, abandoned wasps’ nests. Silverfish is practically omnivorous, with a preference for starchy foods. Their protein […]
( Latin: Order Thysanura) With their silvery scales and nimble, meandering movements, they can seem similar to glistening small fish. Silverfish have biting mouth parts and are insects. Characteristic are the three wires at the rear end. It’s been 300 million years since the first silver fish-like animal appeared. Some believe that all the various […]
( Latin: Lepisma saccharina) It is probably about 300 million years ago that the first animal looking somewhat like a silverfish saw the light of day. It was doubtless very widely distributed and occurred in enormous numbers, and it has been suggested that primitive animals of this type may well have been the ancestors of […]
These are omnivorous insects which occasionally gnaw textiles. They will, for example, attack artificial, cellulose-based silk, such as the red ribbon used in Christmas decorations and in gift wrappings. Other insects which occasionally attack textiles include cockroaches and meal- worms, which sometimes feed on soiled linen. On account of their size, mice and rats often […]
(Latin: Lepisma saccharina) The common silverfish frequently occurs in kitchens and comes out at night to feed on crumbs and odd scraps of food. It is capable of digesting cellulose and so can derive nutriment from paper. It is described in greater detail on p. 106 together with other pests that attack paper.