A Guide to the Insects of the Coal Oil Point Reserve

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  Insects of Coal Oil Point > Guide > Archaeognatha - Jumping Bristletails

Archaeognatha - Jumping Bristletails

The jumping bristletails are an inconspicuous group, looking much like their better-known cousins, the silverfish. Like silverfish they are wingless, scaly scavengers. Their main claim to fame is a remarkable jumping ability. A braided cord-like muscle running the length of the body can be rapidly contracted to pull the head and tail downward, launching the insect several centimeters into the air. The scientific name of the order means 'old mouth', referring to the relatively primitive mouthparts of these insects. Archaeognatha is an extremely ancient order, and are considered living fossils.

We have identified a single species at Coal Oil Point.

Bristletail Photos
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