Scientific Name

Lepisma saccharina

Common Name

Lepisma saccharina

Fun Fact

Some Silverfish can live up to eight years!


Silverfish adults commonly confused with Firebrats, have a flat, elongated body, are about ½ inch long, and are silvery gray to pearl gray in color. This insect is covered with scales and has two long, slender antennae at the head and three long, antennae-like appendages at the rear. These three appendages, one directed straight back and the other two curving outward, plus the two antennae, are nearly as long as the body. The young of this insect resemble the adults but are smaller and white until they reach maturity. The eggs of the silverfish are whitish, oval and 1/32 of an inch.