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Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina)

I remember when I was very young my father showing me a nest of silverfish hiding under a laminate floor in our bathroom, telling me they were a very ancient group of insects. In fact, they are one of the earliest primitive insects to colonise on land some 400 million years ago. Silverfish get their name from a fish as they have very flexible silver bodies able to squeeze into the smallest of spaces. Wingless with two long antennae and can live up to 8 years changing their skins many times as they mature. They can also go without food for over a year. Sometimes considered as a household pest especially as they can eat almost anything, but I have always welcomed them into my home and I have in the past rescued one falling into our bath. Although I would not want them sharing my cornflakes in my kitchen.

Even though this silverfish is not a perfect specimen as it has a broken antennae I thought it would be a good idea to place this Silverfish onto a coin placed in a saucer of water to keep it in a small area for my photography because silverfish can move quite fast. It was more difficult than I thought as it just swam across the surface. When it was drying itself I did manage a few interesting pictures. Close of its head was not what I expected its black eyes are a small group of compound eyes and sensitive hairs around the bottom of its head looking like it has grown a beard.

Most of my pictures of were taken with my Nikon D5000, Bellows and a Sigma 105 Macro lens and ring flash. For the close up of the silverfish head I used my Nikon D5000, 3 Extension tubes, bellows and a enlarging lens and natural sunlight.

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