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Subject: What’s this centipede and its scientific name?
Location: Melbourne Australia
February 13, 2016 8:41 am
Hello just would like to know what type of centipede it is and what’s it’s exsact scientific name. I’m pretty die it’s a tiger centipede but there’s so many species. Pls help! Thank you
Signature: Adrian

Scolopendrid Centipede

Scolopendrid Centipede

Dear Adrian,
We are unable to provide you with conclusive information you are requesting regarding the exact scientific name for your Centipede.  We wish you had provided information on its size.  It appears to be crawling up a paper shredder, which would make it a very large Centipede indeed.  This is a Bark Centipede or Tropical Centipede in the Order Scolopendromorpha.  According to the Queensland Museum:  “The centipede’s poison claws are a modified pair of legs – the first pair, right under the head. The long end-legs are often spiny and some centipedes brandish them when threatened, but they cannot bite or sting. Most bites are from one order of centipedes, the Giant Centipedes (Scolopendromorpha). These centipedes are the large, scary types usually found under rocks and logs, but sometimes wander into our houses. Bites cause minor to severe pain.”
  We believe this might be the Giant Centipede, Ethmostigmus rubripes.  According to The Australian Museum:  “This is the largest native Australian centipede and is a member of the scolopendrid family.”  The site also states:  “The Giant Centipede ranges in colour from dark blue-green-brown to orange-yelllow.  It has black bands along the body and yellow legs and antenna.  The body is long and flatterned with 25 or 27 body segments and 21 or 23 pairs of legs. The first pair of legs behind the head are modified claws which curve around its head and can deliver venom into its prey. The venom is toxic to both mammals and insects, but does not appear to be strong enough to kill large animals quickly.”

Scolopendrid Centipede

Scolopendrid Centipede

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Subject: bug in Belize
Location: near San Ignacio, Belize
January 25, 2016 4:06 am
Hi,
I saw this bug while in Belize last november. I was walking through the jungle at night near the town of San Ignacio. It is about 5 centimeters long en was sitting on a plant hanging over water. No idea what it is. Hope you can tell me! Thanks!
Signature: Susan

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Susan,
Though you found it in the jungle, this Centipede is a member of the order Scutigeromorpha and that orders members are commonly called House Centipedes.  We haven’t the necessary skills to identify your species, but there is an introduced species,
Scutigera coleoptrata, found in North America that has adapted quite well to living in homes where it helps to keep populations of undesirable insects and arthropods in check.  Of that species, BugGuide notes:  “Mostly encountered indoors in damp areas such as bathrooms, cellars, and crawl spaces. It will venture beyond these areas and is often seen quickly scurrying across floors or climbing a wall.  Outdoors, they live under logs, rocks, and similar moist protected places.”  It is our understanding that in some parts of the world, House Centipedes are found in caves.  Your individual on a branch is quite unusual.

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Subject: Odd Brown Bug
Location: Maumelle, Arkansas
December 8, 2015 2:41 pm
These have recently appeared in and around my garage in central Arkansas. Any ideas? It looks like a cross between a roach and a caterpillar!
Signature: Amy in Arkansas

Centipede Dead in Garage

Centipede Dead in Garage

Dear Amy,
We are very concerned about what killed this Centipede in your garage.  Centipedes are beneficial, predatory hunters that will help control the populations of crawling creatures in your habitat, keeping populations in check.  A large number of Centipedes indicates a thriving diet for them.  Remove the Centipedes and things may go out of balance.  Your Centipede appears to have but 13 pairs of legs.  We will try to identify it more specifically.

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Subject: Please Help Identify
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
November 24, 2015 8:12 am
Hi There,
A colleague found this ‘bug’ dead in a outdoor store room. We have never seen anything like it and it sent everyone running for the hills. Any idea what it is?
Thanks
Signature: Claudia Handschuh

Centipede

Centipede

Hi Claudia,
We love your submitted image.  For the moment, we can tell you that this is a Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha, and we will attempt to determine a species later in the day.

Wow thanks for the reply! I will let everyone know. I had guesses that it was a cross between a centipede and a scorpion, a little dramatic 🙂

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Subject: Madrone wood bug
Location: Northern California
November 22, 2015 3:59 pm
Hi,
I see this bug in our madrone firewood & was wondering what it is
Signature: Romel

Millipede:  Brachycybe rosea

Millipede: Brachycybe rosea

Dear Romel,
We believe we have correctly identified your Millipede as
Brachycybe rosea based on images posted to BugGuide where it states:  “Found typically under rotting oak lying on soil. I found these both in Cool (El Dorado County) and Fair Oaks (Sacramento County) but only collected in Cool.”

Millipedes:  Brachycybe rosea

Millipedes: Brachycybe rosea

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Subject: What the heck is this?
Location: Wisconsin
November 20, 2015 2:18 pm
I was walking to class at my university and found this bug running around in circles in the basement hallway. I don’t know how it got there, but it’s getting to be winter in Wisconsin so maybe it was there for warmth? I’ve never seen a bug like this before and I can’t find anything on the internet to help me identify it. It’s so weird looking I just have to know.
Signature: KVC

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear KVC,
This is a predatory House Centipede.  According to BugGuide:  “Mostly encountered indoors in damp areas such as bathrooms, cellars, and crawl spaces. It will venture beyond these areas and is often seen quickly scurrying across floors or climbing a wall.  Outdoors, they live under logs, rocks, and similar moist protected places.  Indoors they are likely to be found at all times of the year provided they have warmth and available prey. In the north they will only be found outside during Summer.”  We consider them to be beneficial because they will prey upon cockroaches and other household pests.

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