Jumping Bristletail (Archaeognatha: Machilidae)
Stebbins Reserve, Solano County, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Jumping Bristletails are an ancient lineage of wingless insects 
and are probably very similar to the ancestors of all insects.

This image is copyrighted by the photographer and cannot be used without permission. To obtain permission to use this image, please email Alex Wild. (alwild (at)  Most of the photographs on are reduced from their original size and compressed for more efficient web transmission.  In some cases, higher quality versions are available.

This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.