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Hi Daniel,
I’ve spent the last hour or so on your site, BugGuide, and other places, but I’ve obviously been looking, subject-wise, in all the wrong places.  Can you please help me identify this small one?  It’s 1¼” from tip to tip (body’s ¾”).
Thanx for being there!
R.G. Marion
Cosby, TN
Great Smoky Mountains


Dear R. G. Marion,
This is a very primitive insect that is classified in the order Microcoryphia, the Bristletails.  We don’t have many images on our site, and we lump them together with another primitive order, the Silverfish.  BugGuide, the more scientific insect website, has them in a distinct classification and you can compare your photo to the images posted there.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Tennessee

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