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Firebrat / Ščetinorepka

Thermobia domestica


It is a small insect (typically 1–1.5 cm) similar to the Silverfish, both in the order Thysanura. Firebrats prefer higher temperatures and require some humidity, and can be found in bakeries and near boilers or furnaces. They feed on a wide variety of carbohydrates and starches that are also protein sources such as dog food, flour and book bindings.


Never saw it here till now, but now it was spotted next to my bed just minute ago ;) They are distributed throughout most parts of the world and are normally found outdoors under rocks, leaf litter, and similar, but are also often found indoors where they are considered pests. They do not cause major damage, but they can contaminate food, damage paper goods, and stain clothing. Otherwise they are mostly harmless.

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Zagreb, Croatia

Spotted on Apr 23, 2013
Submitted on Apr 23, 2013

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