Silverfish are insects that live in the Old World, Central and South America. They are nocturnal. They eat a wide variety of things, including hair, paper, and silk. Although they are considered pests, they are not dangerous to humans.
They are not venomous, but they may damage books, photographs, and other belongings. Some species of silverfish molt as many as 66 times during their lifetime.
A young silverfish will take up to three months to reach adulthood. However, they will continue to moult for up to four years. Once they are mature, they will feed and reproduce.
The female will deposit one to three eggs per day. Each egg takes about 19 to 60 days to hatch. In some instances, the female will produce a cluster of two to twenty eggs. During this time, she will use a spermatophore to fertilize her eggs.
The male will then deposit a sperm packet on the surface of the substrate. The package will then be picked up by the female, who will enclose it with her ovipositor. When she is ready to fertilize, she will release the spermatophore on the ground.
Silverfish have been around for millions of years. Their bodies are made of a metallic gray finish and they have short antennae. This makes them extremely adept at navigating dark spaces.
They have short tails and mandibles that are too weak to bite humans. Silverfish can’t jump, but they can make quick movements.