What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Found in my kitchen but not in my bug books
Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM
I found this guy trapped inside a casserole bowl in my kitchen. It looks something like an earwig, but the pincers in front and what looks like likes wings on the back.
Rich Guthrie
upstate New York – near Albany

Bristletail

Bristletail

Hi Rich,
This is a Bristletail in the order Microcoryphia.  It is a primitive insect related to Silverfish.  Bristletails are nocturnal and secretive, generally found outdoors, though some species are found in houses.  Current taxonomy has Bristletails and Silverfish in distinct orders, but some old texts lump them together.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
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