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Jumping Bristletail - (Pedetontus sp.)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/22/2014

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

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

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

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

Identifying Colors: silver, gray

General Description: 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 insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.


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