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Silverfish & firebrats


(Ancient Greek - zyg = bridge ; entoma= insect)

Wingless primitive insects up to 20mm long. More common in damp sheds than in the garden, medium sized, flattened, silvery scaled.

Insects in this order

  • The Firebrat

    Firebrats can move fast and their flat bodies allow them hide in narrow crevices and cracks. Young firebrats look similar to the adults.
  • The Silverfish

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Female water snipe flies Atherix ibis clasp each other and cluster in big round aggregations on the end of branches overhanging rivers – males entering the swarms are mated repeatedly until they die. The females then lay their eggs in to the water – and all die still in their tight aggregations.