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813 Views 6 Replies Last post: Apr 30, 2014 11:54 AM by LB RSS
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Apr 29, 2014 5:33 PM

Help identifying an insect

Went to make a cup of tea and found this little fella on the kettle switch this morning:

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It reminded me of a grasshopper but I posted the photo on facebook and my friends seem to think it's a silverfish? I was going to pick it up and carry it outside but by the time I'd put my shoes on it had disappeared. So...is the bad news that I have a silverfish infestation, or is this something else? Any help much appreciated!

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    Apr 29, 2014 5:50 PM (in response to LB)
    Re: Help identifying an insect

    How big was it?  The front end looks a bit like a silverfish but it has what look a bit like developing wings, as well as a projection at the back looking like an ovopositer.  Silverfish have three long hairlike projections, and I think shorter legs.  You said you thought it was a grasshopper - something about the way it moved maybe, even if it didn't hop as such?  Could it be a cricket nymph???

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