The elusive Jumping Bristletail is not easily found, though in fairness, it is also not usually sought out either.
Jumping Bristletails are small, jumping insects that have a hunched back like shrimp, but resemble a Silverfish with three 'tails' at the tip of the abdomen: one long, with two shorter ones on either side of it. They do not have wings, but can propel themselves into the air using the abdomen. Their large eyes sit on top of the head and are so close together that they touch. Their scales are slightly reflective so they may appear to be a coppery metallic color under the light.
Jumping Bristletails are found on the ground under rocks, stones, logs, debris, leaves and in caves and prefer moist areas. The Bristletail's diet includes leaf litter, rotting vegetation, and other decaying organic matter. The best places to find food like that is outdoors and on the ground, therefore they are rarely found inside.
Scientific Name: Pedetontus sp.
Other Name(s): Bristletail
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 15mm (0.39in to 0.59in)
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