Included in a 1911 Encyclopedia under the Aptera entry on wingless insects, this silverfish drawing was shown as a fine example of bugs without wings. They are among my least favorite insects. They eat paper, clothing and cereals. Worse than ants, sheesh.
These critters move a bit like fish as they sort of swim across the surface of things. They are fast as lightening and hard to catch. This silverfish drawing makes it look a bit prehistoric and a bit like a lobster rather than an insect.
These much-hated insects (at least by me anyway) might help solve production issues in making biofuels. They way they digest wood may offer answers on how to more efficiently process cellulose in large quantities – something that makes these fuels too expensive to produce.
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