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I promise this is the last…
I promise this is the last thing I will send. I was going to ask what this gorgeous guy was. I found it at Jacks River Fields while camping. Jacks River Fields is located close to where Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina come together. It just outside of Blue Ridge, GA in North GA. It was July, and it was just hanging out next to our camp site.
Thank you again!
Starr Elliott

Hi Starr,
We believe this is a Pill Millipede in the Order Polydesmida. Its pink coloration is new to us as we are used to seeing photos of yellow specimens. They can secrete cyanide as a defense mechanism.

Correction: (05/10/2006)
WTB, you guys have a wonderful site! Something I really admire about you guys is that you’re more than willing to post corrections to identifications you have made. The pink millipede that was posted on your site is not a pill millipede. Pill millipedes are much shorter and are called such because they are able to curl up into a nearly perfect sphere resembling a pill ( http://www.intenseherp.com/images/SH0001_3.jpg ). I was looking to ID the pink flat-backed millipede and came up with this: http://bugguide.net/node/view/37831/bgimage Hope this helps. Thanks for the great site!
Nick

Thanks for the assistance Nick.

Update: (01/20/2008) Millipede IDs
6/3/06 Jacks River Falls ,GA. Sigmoria sp. (Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae). Can tell species from photo.
Rowland Shelley
North Carolina State Museum of Natural Science

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