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Subject: bug eating lichen
Location: north east ohio
April 18, 2015 7:40 pm
doing photo-micrograph of lichen and came back to find this little critter eating my subject.
the little guy is maybe 1/64 ” long
location is north east Ohio time is mid April
depth of field is quite shallow with the rig I’m using so i couldn’t get any better angles to show the mouth parts or legs and i didn’t wan to kill it just for a photo.
Signature: LPainne

What's Eating the Lichen????

What’s Eating the Lichen????:  Pincushion Millipede

Dear LPainne,
Your image is beautiful, and we have no idea what this is, except that it looks larval.  We are posting your image and we hope that with the help of our readership, we will be able to provide an identification soon.

Update:  Pincushion Millipede
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash and a confirmation from Christopher Taylor, we now know that this is a Pincushion Millipede or Fuzzy Millipede or Bristly Millipede in the genus
Polyxenus which is pictured on BugGuide where it states:  “Their typical habitats are generally described as litter and bark, also commonly collected from rocks and old walls” and “They are diurnally active, feeding on algal films and lichens, often in warm and dry conditions and direct sunlight.”

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Subject: Mysterious Centipede
Location: Northwest Tennessee/ Henry County/ Springville
March 21, 2015 1:43 pm
Hey there Bugman!
I’m currently doing habitat research in pill bugs for my animal behavior class and came across this little fella during my observations. I’ve never seen a centipede with this coloration around my area. I’m too interested to wait till I get back to college to ask our entomologist. Please help!
Signature: Russ M.


Millipede:  Euryurus leachii

Dear Russ,
This is not a Centipede, but a Millipede which has two pairs of legs on each body segment.  We believe it may be
Euryurus leachii based on this image we found on BugGuide.  The information page on BugGuide states:  “This is Euryurus leachii (Gray), a very colorful representative of the endemic North American family Euryuridae (Polydesmida). There are 2 genera in this family, Auturus & Euryurus, and the species occurring in Indiana is E. leachii. These are among the very few North American millipeds that one can deliberately try to find, because they occur almost exclusively in association with decaying hardwood logs & stumps near water sources ()creeks, seepages, etc.). They are rarely found in just leaf litter and almost never in association with pines. I’ll bet the log they found it under was an oak or another hardwood. (Dr Rowland Shelley).”  There are no reported sightings from Tennessee on BugGuide, but there are sightings from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and nearby Kentucky.

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Subject: Not sure what this
Location: North Central Florida
November 2, 2014 6:38 am
I found this in my son’s room. I’m just wondering what it is and is it dangerous. He is 1 and puts everything in his mouth.
Signature: Karen

Possibly Rusty Millipede

Possibly Rusty Millipede

Dear Karen,
This is a Millipede in the class Diplopoda, and it looks like it might be a Rusty Millipede,
Trigoniulus corallinus, which BugGuide states is:  “Non-native. Apparently from Thailand and Myanmar. Also present in the Caribbean.”  BugGuide also states:  “To discourage predators, millipedes coil into a protective spiral, or roll into a defensive ball; many emit poisonous or foul-smelling substances. Many bright-colored/patterned millipedes (image below) secrete a compound containing cyanide.”

Ok great so it is nothing I should be concerned about being poisonous to my son?

To the best of our knowledge, cyanide is considered a poison, though we suspect the quantity released by a Millipede would be more likely to cause any potential predator, including your son, to spit it out immediately because of the foul taste.  We do not want to go on record stating it is harmless.

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Subject: Unidentified Bug
Location: Ecuador
October 20, 2014 5:49 am
I took this picture of a bug in the Amazon, Ecuador.
Can you help to identify it?
Signature: Ian Rowlings

Hi Ian,
This is a Millipede in the class Diplopoda.

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Subject: Slug with legs?
Location: North Eastern Kansas
October 15, 2014 5:39 am
Not sure what this is? I thought it was a slug but it has legs. Maybe just a slimy centipede?
Signature: Thank you

This is an omnivorous Millipede, not a predatory Centipede.  Millipedes feed on decaying organic matter.  This statement from BugGuide surprised us as we were not aware that any Millipedes were considered carnivorous:  “Most eat decaying plant material, but a few spp. occasionally can be carnivorous. Some may also occasionally eat living plants.”

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Subject: Tailless whip scorpion eating millipede
Location: South Mexico – Jungle
September 23, 2014 4:46 am
I have been reading (and loving!) your site for many many years and have never had anything to submit because I live in the UK where we do not have an abundance of large and/or exotic insects and where, due to my interest in all things bug, I tend to already be able to identify many critters. In fact I’m a little bit of a “bugwoman” myself, to my family and friends at least, who often save photos to ask me about. I have learnt much of what I know from your amazing site.
However, I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Southern Mexico where I spent much time in the jungle and encountered many wonderful creatures of the six, eight, and more legged variety.
I thought you might enjoy this picture of a tailless whip scorpion eating a millipede for your food chain series? Apologies for the photo quality I took these with my camera phone (the macro lens being shamefully hogged by my less insect-loving companion!).
Signature: Long time avid WTB reader

Tailless Whipscorpion eats Millipede

Tailless Whipscorpion eats Millipede

Dear Long time avid WTB reader,
Thanks for sending us your excellent image of a Tailless Whipscorpion feeding on a Millipede.  The quality of your image is much higher than most images we receive.  Regarding your comment about the fauna of the UK, we are surprised as there are many interesting creatures to be found in your location.  Though it contains some adult content, you may enjoy the film Angels and Insects, an adaptation of an A.S. Byatt Victorian novella.

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