Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Lepisma saccharina Linnaeus

Order: Thysanura
Family: Lepismatidae

Size range

  • Small, up to 15 mm long


  • Worldwide
  • Found in houses

Life History

  • Prefers high humidity
  • Active at night
  • Damages paper
  • Eats starch in all its forms – cereals, flour, paper with glue, paste or sizing, bookbindings, and starch in clothing