Interactions of M. ponerophila with host workers. (A) The silverfish is frequently found beneath host ant workers. Physical contact with the host ants allows the silverfish to acquire cuticular hydrocarbons, which are used by ants as recognition cues. (B) Life in ant colonies also entails a high risk for silverfish, as they are sometimes recognised, attacked, and killed by the host ants. © C. von Beeren.