Primitive Bristletails (Diplura)

Greek "diplo" (double) + "ura" (tail)
Primitive Bristletails live in soil and forest litter. They are small, at most 2" long, and are usually white. They do not have eyes. They have long, slender, segmented antennae and usually two long cerci at the end of the abdomen, although the cerci can be short or pincer-like. Most Primitive Bristletails are predators and eat other insects and larvae. Primitive Bristletails and some walkingsticks are the only land-dwelling arthropods known to be able to regenerate lost body parts, including cerci, antennae, and legs.


Quick ID

  • two long tails (cerci) or forcep-like
  • no eyes
  • mostly white

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