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what is it?
what is it?  
I found it in my bathroom crawling on the ground it was like 10ish pm. It like a
Small beatle it real small but fast crawler. It dont fly has 6 legs and antennas up front
And back. Hes a picture of it I like to know whats it called never seen it b4.  O yea i live in ky i dont know if that help. Thanks

Hi, David:

Nice image, thank you for including that....

This is some kind of silverfish, a very primitive insect that is a nuisance indoors.  Sometimes it becomes a pest in libraries because silverfish are very fond of starchy materials and they will eat the dried paste used in bookbindings.  Here's a link with more images and information:

Hope that helps...

Also, if you were willing to share your image with me, I'd love to do a blog about these.  I have images of other species, but not this one.  I would give you full credit, I just need your full name, the date and location where the image was taken.  Thank you for considering this.  My e-mail is beneath my signature.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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