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Thermobia domestica, Packard, 1873

The Firebrat

Introduction
This species looks very similar to the Silverfish Lepisma Saccharina, which is also found in buildings, but can be differentiated by the way hairs on its surface are localised to the edges of its tergites and its antennae being as long as or longer than its body.

Taxonomy
Order Archeognatha, Family Lepismatidae , Genus Thermobia

Distribution
Widely distributed throughout the British Isles, but strongly tied to human habitation and only found in the warmer parts of buildings.

Habitat
In the British Isles this species is usually associated with warm parts of buildings, such as kitchens.

Behaviour
Like the silverfish, feeds on carbohydrates, dead animal and vegetable matter. More dry and heat tolerant than the silverfish.