Lepisma saccharina

Lepisma saccharina

Lepisma saccharina

Lepisma saccharina is a common household wingless pest with a greenish/silver shine look. It is part of the Lepismatidae family and the order Thysanura.


One can mostly tell the Lepisma Saccharina, or simply the Silverfish, by its sleek and silver-like body. Some of its subspecies have a more green like colour. Silverfish have a 10-25 millimetre length. It also has extremely long antennae that is 2/3 size of the insect itself. The legs under the silverfish are quite plain and have very small legs. However, they obtain a very fast-paced body.

Life CycleEdit

When looking for a mate, the Silverfish often greet each other by the touching of antennae. There is a gradual amount of time until the Silverfish lay eggs. Young silverfish measure about less than a millimetre and are white in colour. When looking for food, they will eat any paper. It is very common to find a paper with very small holes under a bed or couch. Like Cockroaches, Silverfish consume many human moults, like dandruff, hair, dead skin, and rarely nails if lacking food. Home decours including any paper (including cash), tapestries, and silk are devoured by the Silverfish. They pose no threat to humans except traces of disease.


Silverfish are very common in Mediterrainian-like tempured homes. Their living space is usually inside a mug in a cupboard, utensil cases, books, and mostly in a very moist bathroom. Silverfish prefer a darkened spot away from any sunlight. When found, they usually evade and hide under a dark spot like a couch or bed; they will find another moist spot to rest in.

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