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Subject: Snail eating millipede
Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
May 23, 2016 5:24 pm
I thought you guys might like the picture I took this morning of a snail eating a millipede. Enjoy!
Signature: Barb

Predatory Snail Eats Millipede

Predatory Snail Eats Millipede

Dear Barb,
There is a similar image on BugGuide, but we think yours has more attractive subjects.  We don’t know if this is a native Snail or an introduced species.

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Subject: Strange Insect
Location: Northeast Texas
May 18, 2016 7:27 am
I was startled by this little fellow climbing up the wall beside me. It is a very strange looking insect. It’s main body is about 1/2″ long. It has 28 legs and antannae on the front and rear.
Signature: Clint Cross

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Clint,
This is a beneficial House Centipede.

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Subject: Centipedes?
Location: Southern California
May 16, 2016 6:37 pm
Image #1 was in the hallway at work, in my office in Santa Ana, CA on May 13, 2016 Baby Centipede? Image #2 (deceased) was taken as I entered my weekend retreat in Cherry Valley, CA. About a week earlier. I’m assuming is some type of centipede as well. Just wondering if either one is dangerous?
Signature: Thanks so much!! Betsy

Multicolored Centipede

Multicolored Centipede

Dear Betsy,
The critter you found in your office is a Flat-Backed Millipede in the Order Polydesmida, which is pictured on BugGuide.  The other image from Cherry Valley is a Multicolored Centipede,
Scolopendra polymorpha.  According to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin:  “The bite of this species may be painful.  Although there are no data on the effects of its poison on humans, it is probably harmless.  Contrary to popular belief, the sharp claws on the legs are not poisonous, although the last pair of legs is capable of pinching.”  According to BugGuide, the common names are Tiger Centipede and Common Desert Centipede.

Flat-Backed Millipede

Flat-Backed Millipede

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Subject: Unknown centipede??
Location: Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
April 28, 2016 10:41 pm
I found this insect in my bath in Bloemfontein in the Free State, South Africa. It has 12 legs on a side with antena on both sides of its body. The head is on the side with the shorter legs. . It can not walk up smooth surfaces.
Can you identify it please ?
Signature: Heidi

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Heidi,
This is not an insect.  It is a House Centipede.

Thank you very much Daniel.
Have a great weekend
Heidi

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Subject: Three red and black bugs found!
Location: Missouri, U.S.A.
April 1, 2016 5:44 pm
I would like your help on identifying three orange and black stripped bugs. I was in my yard searching for bugs, so I lifted up a rotting log and to my excitement I found three cool looking bugs all near each other! Pretty please with cherries on top help me identify them! :)
Signature: Gracie S.

Flatbacked Millipedes

Flatbacked Millipedes

Dear Gracie,
These are Flatbacked Millipedes in the order Polydesmida, a group well represented on BugGuide.

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Subject: Many-legged creature
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
March 29, 2016 12:09 pm
A friend posted this on Facebook.
Signature: Stephanie Rioux

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Stephanie,
The predatory, beneficial and harmless House Centipede is one of our most common identification requests.

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