Animal of the day – 10/07/2010 – The Silverfish

This is NOT a Silverfish. It's a Scutigera coleoptrata aka a house centipedee as correctly identified by Michael! Thanks Michael!

A real silverfish - Lepisma saccharina

The animal of the day is the Silverfish aka the Carpet Shark. (Did you know: I fully endorse the killing of all these super creepy bugs… These bugs live from 2 to 8 years! WHAT? Yuck. Die quicker.

Silverfish consume matter that contains polysaccharides, such as starches and dextrin in adhesives. These include glue, book bindings, paper, photos, sugar, coffee, hair, carpet, clothing and dandruff.  They can live a year or more without eating!


7 thoughts on “Animal of the day – 10/07/2010 – The Silverfish

  1. That’s disgusting…they can live on glue and book bindings? That’s not even nutritious! haha. Die quicker, I agree!

    • Thanks Michael! I just updated the post showing both the incorrect and correct pictures of silversfish! Really appreciate you catching my lack of correct info! Keep it coming! 🙂

  2. Typed in Lapisma Saccharina into google and it said that is the Scientific name for Silver fish. If I looked wrong please direct me in the right direction. Found one in my Apt that was like 3 inches long

  3. Hi Jacob,
    I thought I caught ALL the mistakes last time, but there were still some discreprancies. To clarify – Real Silverfish – 2nd picture – Lepisma saccharina.
    Fake silverish – 1st picture – Scutigera coleoptrata.

  4. OMG!!! i have those house centipedes all over my house every summer!!!! they are so quick and DISGUSTING! how the heck do i get rid of them!!!! they need to die all at the same time!!

  5. Simbania: None of these insects are bugs. Bugs are in the order Hemiptera. They have sucking mouthparts that designate them in this order. Thought you may like to know. Thanks for the nice photos! 🙂

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