Silverfish

Lepisma saccharina

About

The Silverfish is a very primitive, wingless insect, and part of a group known as the Bristletails. Silverfish live in houses, where they feed on sugar and starch which can be found in paper, soap residues and even dust. They particularly like slightly damp places: you are most likely to see them in the bathroom or kitchen.

How to identify

The Silverfish has a silvery body, two long antennae and three tail bristles. It is covered in tiny scales, which will come off if you touch them.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Silverfish are considered a pest in households due to the damage they can cause when feeding - they can destroy books, carpet, clothes and photos, and also eat glue, sugar and coffee. The Wildlife Trusts work with pest controllers to find the most wildlife-friendly solutions to some of our everyday problems.

Species information

Common name
Silverfish
Latin name
Lepisma saccharina
Category
Invertebrates
Other insects
Statistics
Length: 1.3-2.5cm
Conservation status
Common.