What’s this charming creature?
Ten points for the first person to get the family name right, too.
Some kind of Ephemeroptera (mayfly) larva?
It’s a bristletail, so Archaeognatha, and I’m going to guess Machilidae but now that I’ve said it it’ll probably end up being Meinertellidae.
Nice one. I got hung up on the three tails and what my brain saw as “gills”…and thought the pic was snapped in an aquarium.
A Ceti Eel, the last indigenous inhabitant of Ceti Alpha 5?
Lack of scales on the antennae suggests Meinertellidae.
Just spent a few months going through pitfall trap samples, and it was surprising how many of these popped up as bycatch.
No, I second MrILoveTheAnts.
It’s definitely that thing Khan put in Chekov and the other dude’s ears.
Oh great. My blog is attracting nerds again.
I don’t know bristletail families, but I think Microcoryphia has priority over Archaeognatha for this order of insects.
“attracting nerds again”
What do you mean, “again”? Shouldn’t that be “still”?
No, that was something more like a doodlebug:
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