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  • Jumping Bristletail - (Pedetontus sp.)

    Jumping Bristletail - (Pedetontus sp.)

    The almost microscopic Jumping Bristletail is not easily found, though in fairness, it is also not usually sought out either.

    Picture of Jumping Bristletail

    Staff Writer (5/15/2015): Jumping Bristletails are tiny insects that have a hunched back like shrimp, an abdomen like a Silverfish and three 'tails' at the tip of the abdomen. They are able to jump.

    These small insects are found on the ground under rocks, stones, logs, debris, leaves and in caves. They prefer moist areas. Their scales are slightly reflective and may appear to be a coppery metallic color under the light.

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    Details of the:
    Jumping Bristletail

    Category: Bristletail
    Common name: Jumping Bristletail
    Scientific Name: Pedetontus sp.
    Other Names: Bristletail

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Microcoryphia
          Family: Machilidae
           Genus: Pedetontus
            Species: sp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 15mm (0.39in to 0.59in)

    Identifying Colors: silver, gray

    Additional Descriptors: jumping, coppery, metallic

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.