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Note that these links are very much work in progress at the moment, if you know of any other books, societies or internet links relevant to the UK bristletails, then please get in touch.

Identification Resources

The main identification resource is "Thysanura and Diplura, Delaney 1954" which is still largely relevant, though there has been several taxonomic changes since. This is available on request from the Royal Entomological Society as a pdf or printed hardcopy for a small fee. A revised and provisional key, based on Delaney, is available online here.

The NBN Gateway includes taxonomic and distribution information for a lot of UK species, including the various orders of Bristletails. However current distribution data for bristletail species is woeful.

A paper by Friedrich and Makings includes additional characters that can be used to determine females of the petrobius genus

A paper by Chris Proctor provides much information of one of the scarcer bristletails in Devon here.

Some of our species have escaped across the atlantic and this paper: Survey of the Microcoryphia (Insecta) of the northeastern United States and adjacent provinces of Canada. American Museum novitates ; no. 2701 Wygodzinsky, Pedro W.; Schmidt, Kathleen. contains useful information about our native species of petrobius.

Wild About Britain
This community based website is devoted to British Wildlife and includes forums devoted to insects and other invertebrates. It is a useful place to ask for information about insects in general, anything interesting about bristletails could be posted in the insects forum and the original spark for this website can be found in this thread devoted to bristletail resources here

Bioimages - the virtual fieldguide
Malcom Storey's website includes images of various bristletails, and a microscopic close up of a silverfish's scale.

Biology, Ecology and Taxonomy

The Royal Entomological Society book of British insects by Peter C. Barnard provides brief but useful information about the three bristletail orders in both world and UK contexts.

Another paper by Delaney in 1954 "Studies in the life history and ecology of Dilta Littoralis (Womersley 1930) (Thysanura, Machilidae). Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society 105:31-36" provides a detailed account of the biology, life history and ecology of Dilta Littoralis.



Royal Entomological Society

British Entomological and Natural History Society

Amateur Entomological Society


British Bristletail Group
If there is enough interest then a free group to disseminate and promote these creatures could be set-up.


Devonshire Association Entomologyu Section

Dyfed Invertebrate Group
Though no longer operating, it was Arthur Chater from this group that noted a new species of bristletail for the UK. Some of their online journals are still available.