Subject: what is that bug?
Location: new zealand
August 5, 2014 5:09 am
Could you please help me identify the bug on this picture?
Signature: Andre Pinheiro
This is a beneficial House Centipede, a nocturnal predator that will help keep your home free of Cockroaches and other undesirable insects and arthropods. Our North American House Centipedes are generally classified as Scutigera coleoptrata, but we recall individuals from the Southern hemisphere as being a different species. According to the Australian Museum site, the native Australian species is Allothereua maculata. The site states: “House Centipedes eat spiders and many insects found inside houses, moving quickly and pouncing on their prey” and “Technically, House Centipedes can bite but they are considered harmless to people.” We also located an article on House Centipedes from the New Zealand Herald.