Jumping bristletails (Archaeognatha)

Greek "archeo" (ancient) + "gnatha" (jaws)
Jumping bristletails are mostly grey in color and are usually no longer than 3/4 inch in length. They do not have wings, they have long segmented antennae, and they have 3 cerci coming out of the end of the abdomen. Jumping bristletails can spring up into the air as much as 10 centimeters by flexing their abdomens. They live in grassy or wooded areas, and are often found under leaves, bark, or stones.

Quick ID

  • less than an inch long
  • 3 "tails" (cerci)
  • can spring up

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