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Subject: Wondering what this is
Location: Frederic, MI
June 6, 2015 10:23 am
My mom found this bug on her pillow. It’s long like a snake, but looks like a cross between a centipede and a millipede. The first picture shows it normal, the second picture we tried to flip it over to see the bottom of it. Please help.
Signature: Barbie



Dear Barbie,
This is indeed a Centipede, and though we cannot be certain, it resembles members of the family Cryptopidae that are pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Centipede identification
Location: On a beach in Uraquay
February 12, 2015 1:37 am
Hi, My friend who is now (February) in Uraguay has posted a picture of this centipede . Can you identify it? Might it be poisonous? Thanks.
Signature: Paddy (UK)



Dear Paddy,
This beautiful Tropical Centipede from Uruguay is in the order Scolopendromorpha, and some individuals can get quite large.  They are capable of delivering a venomous bite, and there is general information on the dangers of a bite from a member of this order on BugGuide.
  We haven’t the skills necessary to provide you with a species name, but your individual does resemble the Florida Blue Centipede, Hemiscolopendra marginata, that is pictured on BugGuide.

Dear Daniel
Thank you SO much for that prompt and informative response. Donation via your website on its way! As an ex military jungle warfare instructor, creepy crawlies are of great interest to me. Keep up the good work!

Hi again Paddy,
Thanks for your kind words and your generosity.

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Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Cabazon, ca
February 6, 2015 3:42 am
I’m house hunting and have found this bug in the bathroom while viewing. Wondering what type of bug? And if it is harmful? I have small children, will this bug continue to go inside the house with us living inside? Or did it only go because the home is vacant? Thank you
Signature: To anna

Desert Centipede

Desert Centipede

Hi Anna,
This is a Tropical Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha.  We believe it is
Scolopendra polymorpha which is pictured on BugGuide.  Your individual looks young, as they grow to about 4 inches in length.  Though Tropical Centipedes often enter homes, they are not a group that is generally found indoors.  Tropical Centipedes are venomous, and the bite is reported to be quite painful, but unless there is an allergic reaction, the bite is not deadly, though some Tropical Centipedes from tropical areas are considered more dangerous.  Individuals from Texas and Oklahoma, Scolopendra heros, are reported to grow up to 8 inches in length. 

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Subject: scared to find this in house!
Location: Northern California
December 20, 2014 10:02 pm
Hello bugman – was just putting daughter to bed when she saw this crawling down the wall right behind her pillow! She said, “What is that?”
It went fairly easily into the cup and I was able to toss it outside where the spiders go . . . but I am wondering whether it’s a centipede, millipede, or something else? And should I be worried or is it harmless? Sorry if this is repetitive for you but to me this is completely new! Just for info I am in the suburbs of the East San Francisco Bay Area in California.
Thank you so much!
Signature: Dee

Soil Centipede

Soil Centipede

Dear Dee,
This appears to be a Soil Centipede in the order Geophilomorpha, and according to BugGuide they are:  “Slender, rather sluggish eyeless centipedes that have 27 to 191 pairs (the number of leg pairs is always odd) of legs and 14-segmented antennae. They burrow in the substrate in a manner similar to earthworms, by elongating and contracting their bodies.”
  According to MOBugs:  “No need to fear these centipedes, as they will not bite humans, and have no toxic venom to harm us even if they could. They prey on many harmful beetle larvae and help aerate the soil, much like earthworms do. Their rapid movements and subterranean habitat can make them a bit unnerving, but like all insects and their relatives, they have their purpose in the environment, and these guys are fun to watch!”  According to SFGate:  “Soil centipedes (geophilomorpha) are very small and possess many pairs of legs, often exceeding 60 pairs. These centipedes live in the ground, where they prey on subterranean insects. They are completely harmless.”  We don’t want to give the appearance of sensationalism, but we don’t want to discount the possibility of a Soil Centipede seeking shelter in a nasal passage, ear canal or other orifice, which we believe would be a very unlikely situation, however we did uncover some interesting information when we posted this account of a Soil Centipede.

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Subject: Centipede
Location: Northern Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
December 11, 2014 4:03 am
I have found this bug walking around my carpet from my laundry or bedroom… It’s sort of dark brownish in colour, it’s about 2.5 -3 inches… Has a roundish head… for the life of me I can’t narrow down what it is.
Signature: Kaitlin

Giant Centipede

Giant Centipede

Dear Kaitlin,
This is indeed a Giant Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha, but we are uncertain of the species.  According to the Queensland Museum site:  “Centipedes are fast-moving predators and are capable of giving a nasty bite from their poison claws. Centipedes have just one pair of legs per body segment. Curiously, all adult centipedes have an odd number of leg pairs.”

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Subject: Pooped a worm?
Location: Hartland , WI
November 5, 2014 1:52 pm
My husband sent this text to me and I’m waiting for a return call from the doctor. Any idea?
Signature: Freaking out

Centipede in toilet

Soil Centipede in toilet

Dear Freaking out,
Though we have been spared the text from your husband, we are deducing by your subject line that this Soil Centipede was passed during a bowel movement.  Please refer to our extensive posting entitled Can Centipedes really Crawl up your Butt???
  We would be eager to hear what the doctor has to say.

His text was basically he was freaking out because he just pooped that out. The doctor said since it was floating in the water and not mixed in the stool, it couldn’t have come from him, must’ve already been in the toilet.
He has still been having pretty intense stomach pains that come and go. He does see his regular MD for a physical on Tuesday.

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