Friday, March 12, 2010

Bristletail (Petrobius maritimus)

Bristletails are flightless insects belonging to the Order Archaeognatha (ancient jaws). Bristletails are an ancient group of insects and are found in fossils dating back as far as the Devonian period (400 million years ago). Although Petrobius maritimus are generally described as a species found on rocky shores I have a population living in my boiler house, about 1 mile from the sea.

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