Firebrats and Silverfish Are Rocking Some Old-School Looks | Deep Look

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What *is* that bizarre fishlike thing squirming in your sink at night? Firebrats and silverfish are pretty darn similar to some of the earliest insects on Earth. With three long filaments poking out their back, no wings and mini-me babies, they have something to teach us about survival.
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Look closely at the firebrat munching on cereal in your kitchen or getting cozy in a pile of newspapers. You’ll see traits some of the earliest insects had around 400 million years ago.
Take its three tail-looking filaments. The two outer ones are called cerci. They work like antennae, detecting chemicals and predators like house centipedes.
Other insects, like cockroaches, have a short pair of cerci. But very few insects have the middle filament that firebrats and silverfish possess. Called the median caudal filament, it has tiny hairs that can detect the faintest air currents.
--- What do firebrats eat?
Cereal, spices and books - both the pages and the glue in the binding. Only a handful of the 500 to 600 species of firebrats and silverfish live with us. In nature, they feed on leaves, stems, needles and bark.
“And they will also eat, well, each other,” said entomologist Art Appel from Auburn University.
--- Are firebrats dangerous?
No, they don’t bite or sting.
--- What is the difference between silverfish and firebrats?
Silverfish generally prefer cooler parts of the house, while firebrats are drawn to warmer corners, like a water heater - hence their name.
--- Does evolution have a goal?
When you look at a firebrat, with its ancient traits, you might wonder why it hasn’t changed to be more like other insects. For example, when insects developed wings around 325 million years ago this led to an explosion in insect diversity. So why did firebrats remain wingless, like the earliest insects?
“When we see a creature that looks pretty similar to things that were probably living 400 million years ago, we think, ‘Why isn’t that creature doing a better job of being modern?’” said Sandra Schachat, a doctoral student who researches insect evolution at Stanford University. “But the way that evolution works is that it doesn't really have an optimum that things are being driven towards. You don’t need to be the most abundant species in your habitat in order to survive. You only need to be abundant enough that you can maintain some kind of population over time.”
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  • SkyTech RTS

    SkyTech RTS

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    0:33 NEED A LIGHT?

  • B.K Música

    B.K Música

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    I was wondering why my books sound crispy

  • Fish


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    Now I want one as a pet and feed it my homework

  • Zeeshan Yousaf

    Zeeshan Yousaf

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    This is very cool

  • Sofia Thlm

    Sofia Thlm

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    And i use to be scared of silverfish find lots in my room

  • ice cold water

    ice cold water

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    My whole body started itching while I was watching this video...

  • Brian Gullins

    Brian Gullins

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    So interesting.

  • Brian Gullins

    Brian Gullins

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    I wish these were longer. I love em so much.

  • Jesse Akwaja

    Jesse Akwaja

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    Bokworm insects.

  • TheUnreadableUser


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    This house is infested with bugs
    House centipede

  • Møøn Bėår

    Møøn Bėår

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  • Adrian Fuentes

    Adrian Fuentes

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    Them eating books: you go my man

    Them eating my cereal: Get the f**k away

  • Adrian Fuentes

    Adrian Fuentes

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    Me:(grunts in anger)

  • MrPheropod


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    I never saw these guys when i was at home, but after moving to japan, 7years later, in an old apartment, i've recently seen these cute guys... My sister freaks out about them thinking they might go inside your ear while sleeping... hah



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  • Electronica4Life


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    What is weird to me about these guys is just how easily they can be squished. It seems they don't have much of an exoskeleton or chitin protection of any kind. The slightest touch and the poor creature is toast! 💀

  • D O

    D O

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    3:36 you wot 😳

  • Web Browser

    Web Browser

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    More bugs, yay!

  • Ghost


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    They have like 10 eyes on each side!

  • Luis McFaline

    Luis McFaline

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    It's non-stop bugs on this channel...just saying there is more than bugs in the world.😒

  • Zeed


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    You know, firebrats would make for a good nether variant of silverfish.

  • Hoshikani


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    i’m pretty sure that those antennas are for GPS or wifi

  • Mr. Smiles

    Mr. Smiles

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    This insect represents the motor wagon of the insect world

  • abcdefghijklmno29753


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    A crucial bit of information left out here is that if you discover these in your home, it is a sign of your house being too moist. They have to retreat to some spot that helps them to not dry out. A well-maintained, well-climated house doesn't have these spots.

  • Celiene joy Gusto

    Celiene joy Gusto

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    Hi,im celiene and im 13yrs old and soon to be 14 this year.I just discovered this channel and i just wanna say that i have watch some of you're videos and it helps me a lot and it gives me more courage to follow my dreams to be a vet.I just want to share this because my mother do not support me on my dream of being a vet, so in every video that you have is verry educational for me.THANK YOU,I HOPE YOU CAN HELP MORE PEOPLE☺😊💝

  • I am a fan

    I am a fan

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    The beginning of the video made me want to clean 😷

  • sparklebutt111


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    They are so cute. I love them.

  • majinezrah


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    i saw a silver fish in my house and i punched a hole in the wall

  • Saundra Frioux

    Saundra Frioux

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    Yuck. lol!

  • God


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    You wot

  • holiday la

    holiday la

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    They love the books rather than any scholar, they ar e just live in there

  • Vranious


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    used to get silverfish in my old house and it always freaked me out

  • Cindy Chavis

    Cindy Chavis

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    Its pretty cool

  • Herowebcomics


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    These things are nasty, but kinda cute, and now I know more about them!

  • royalninja 49

    royalninja 49

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    when I was at school I used to read books but when I was in trouble this one time a firebrat was in my book and jump scared me to the sky and then I was in trouble for even longer thanks to the firebrat

  • boredman5000


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    I've always found silverfish kinda cute. Still hate roaches though

  • Shin Moe Thu

    Shin Moe Thu

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    Myanmar Peoples's Revolution against this illegal and illegitimate, military dictatorship is winning big by the people and for the people of Myanmar.
    And how many dead bodies need for UN to take action!!!!!

  • Meena Meena

    Meena Meena

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    Wow, I learn more in this channel than in my actual class. 👀

  • Backyard Expeditions

    Backyard Expeditions

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    Love these insects, filmed some jumping bristletails this year, such a neat looking organism.

  • Totally not an edge lord from Zeon

    Totally not an edge lord from Zeon

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    Are they related to pill bugs? I dont think i have ever seen a silver fish

  • Alpesh


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    * house centipede *

  • Nekroxzx


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    1:05 fr if i saw that ill slam the book and run it over with my car

  • What the What the 911

    What the What the 911

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    Well then, from now on I’m squishing my books before opening them

  • aintnobitchms


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    liked for algorithm

  • Milo Estobar

    Milo Estobar

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    non english speaker: so gold fish and silver fish have no connection what so ever...

  • Pappa Fett

    Pappa Fett

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    I hate silverfish, they have destroyed many of my drawings that I tried to save from when I was in elementary school. And a lot of My Old National Geographic books.😱

  • alanmycheong


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    they destroy precious books

  • Carnonight


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    Bless him, he just want to leave his prison 0:20

  • Snova S

    Snova S

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    The first silverfish I came across were actually crawling on wet rocks in an estuary/ slightly up river from the estuary :P
    I only met a silverfish living in a human dwelling some years ago after moving to Melbourne.
    Also I thought it was fireBATS for years since I was 10 years old, until just now haha

  • Man Beard

    Man Beard

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    I always wanted a high quality video about those
    Next Moth flies? or maybe those pseudo scorpions.

  • Dominic Graff

    Dominic Graff

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    Fun fact: You only found out silverfish exist through minecraft.

  • zudud editor

    zudud editor

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    Masyaallah Very video But Very Sorry Music Haram

  • plum pulum

    plum pulum

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    They are so cute and lovely, i whish i could have had millions of them in my house. Who's up for a drink at mine?

  • Anne K. G. Farcuh

    Anne K. G. Farcuh

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    They look so cute! Also makes sense about firebrats liking heat, I once saw two in my room and they looked bigger and different to the silverfish I have encountered in the bathroom

  • Lance Elamparo

    Lance Elamparo

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    so they are just bunch of young brats stealing your cereals

  • Arturo Bermejo

    Arturo Bermejo

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    Lets face it if they had wings they would fly to the sun where there is heat

  • Arturo Bermejo

    Arturo Bermejo

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    1:16 I see what you did there

  • Purple Kitty Kat 73

    Purple Kitty Kat 73

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    I thought silverfish only came from minecraft ahaha

  • abstract rainwing

    abstract rainwing

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    *sees firebrat*your name is jerry, I will dig a hole and add a working heater.

  • MF99K


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    silverfish ruined some of my nature specimens and made a mess so yea they are kind of an obnoxious pest

  • Cool Gamer

    Cool Gamer

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    Some ants do not have wings

  • Cool Gamer

    Cool Gamer

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    Minecraft sliverfish

  • qolspony


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    They are like roaches.

  • Anfissa Krylova

    Anfissa Krylova

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    Does anyone's cat catch and eat them? Or is it just my floof's entertainment?

  • Mateus


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    I know they eat my books, but I never kill them. They're too cute.

  • Remigus Ker

    Remigus Ker

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    🎶Silverfish come in a swarm or two~🎶

  • Abiageal Hopper-Tracy

    Abiageal Hopper-Tracy

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    Nature: *I don't fix what ain't broken*

  • yanj111


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    ok, this tiny critter got my respect! thanks for the knowledge

  • good Morning xyz 1

    good Morning xyz 1

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    I swear if I ever see these things in my manga I'm going on a murder spree

  • probably not you

    probably not you

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    One of those tails is also called the telson I think

  • Zai Fitzgerald

    Zai Fitzgerald

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    I always crush them with a book

  • Lord bingus

    Lord bingus

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    Silverfish can only be found on strongholds
    This cap

  • Nighthawk


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    It is so cute

  • Strelitzia Remtachi

    Strelitzia Remtachi

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    some gamers: oh silverfishes... you mean those minecraft thingies...
    silverfishes: I'ma eat your guide book

  • Ori Sofi Kusuma

    Ori Sofi Kusuma

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    For years i thought silverfish wasnt real creature, until i saw this. And, they built different

  • Enrico Pucci lol

    Enrico Pucci lol

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  • DIO'sNotDead


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    1:14 i like how the word "love" is in this shot while she talks about how firebrats love to eat books

  • Saabastian A

    Saabastian A

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    Can u do one on Booklice ?

  • C Brown

    C Brown

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    Uh, shaped like a fish? Am I missing something?

  • kazeshini


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    I was casually playing Xbox when I noticed something on the bed freaked out later found out it was a sliver fish. It freaked me out smh

  • Daniel Jordan

    Daniel Jordan

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    i see these and immediately deal the death sentence 🙏🏼

  • Ellen Brooks

    Ellen Brooks

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    I LOVE Silverfish and have since I was a little girl. They're adorable and now that this video shows them up close, I think they're even cuter.

  • TheBeatlesPkmnFan42


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    Ooh yay a silverfish video! They're so cute. I've never seen one in person before, I'd love to someday. Preferably not through finding one eating my books or paper though (but even if one were to I think they'd be too cute to be mad at).

    • Deep Look

      Deep Look

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      Glad you enjoyed!

  • Fuan Ka

    Fuan Ka

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    So cute! Nice pictures and nice music too!

  • Jaelyn Lyles

    Jaelyn Lyles

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    I love your video! can you do one on spider crickets?

    • Deep Look

      Deep Look

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      Not sure we know about these - tell us more!

  • Claymiester


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    Me watching on the toilet😳

  • We g

    We g

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    Better than cockroaches

  • Crystal Wu

    Crystal Wu

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    They didnt tell you that they can appear out of rock and hit you into lava

  • lemon head

    lemon head

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    Minecraft 😏😏😏

  • Lincyna


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    you. - Wot

  • Tunerfromhell 1

    Tunerfromhell 1

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    That looks like a fish?

  • unapologetically canadian

    unapologetically canadian

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    I always see these little dudes scurrying around my sink. Why are they so cute up close???

  • pigzcanfly


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    sorry folks macro evolution doesn't happen. Look up the Richard Lenski experiment on E. Coli. You will be shown evidence that these genes preexist within the genome and novel functionality has never been shown to arise from mutations.

  • Gabriella Linetsky

    Gabriella Linetsky

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    I have silverfish in my house, the firebrats. Look kind of cooler

  • Bug lover Spider lover

    Bug lover Spider lover

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    I feed these to my spiders

  • Lfppfs


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    Another stunning video! You guys at Deep Look are awesome!

    • Deep Look

      Deep Look

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      Glad you like them!

  • Cjxtreme66


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    Get it out of my house.

  • Roary Tring

    Roary Tring

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    Why are they so small

  • J P

    J P

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    Thanks to these things I can’t read a book

  • Haruka Takahashi

    Haruka Takahashi

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    Silverfishes are in Minecraft