Silverfish, SEM

Silverfish, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Silverfish. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a silverfish (Lepisma saccharina). The silverfish is a primitive insect that has remained unchanged for millions of years, and is considered a living fossil. The silverfish is so named because it is covered in tiny shiny scales. It is a common household pest, feeding on starches in food, books and clothes.

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