Protura

Greek "proto" (first, original) + "ura" (tail)
Protura, sometimes called "coneheads", are considered the most primative type of hexapod. They don't have eyes, wings, cerci or antennae. They are very small, about a tenth of an inch long, and they are whitish in color. They live in forest litter and feed on decaying organic matter.


Quick ID

  • No eyes, antennae, cerci, or wings
  • Whitish in color

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