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Subject: insect found on back porch
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
December 15, 2013 6:14 pm
Is it possible to identify the insect in the picture
Signature: Gary T. Schenk

Millipede

Millipede

Hi Gary,
This is a Millipede, and it is not an insect.  Insects have three pairs of legs and Millipedes, which belong to the class Diplopoda, have from 47 to 375 pairs of legs, according to BugGuide.  Millipedes generally feed on decaying plant material.  They roll into a ball to defend themselves as your one image illustrates.

Millipede

Millipede

Daniel
Thank you very much
Merry Christmas to you and yours
Gts

 

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Subject: bug/larvae attaking and eating millipede
Location: Tehachapi CA
November 27, 2013 12:50 pm
Hi there bugman, last night I was out letting my dog go to the bathroom when he started rubbing on the ground. When I checked what he was rubbing against, I found a millipede being attcked or grabbed by some type of larvae. I caught the 2 animals and now the millipede is dead with its head off and the larvae eating away at it. The larvae looks segmented with six legs, black in color with the sides a dark brown. I have never seen this before so I wanted to know what it was. The third picture is showing the bug eating the millipede inside the head.
Signature: Angel

Glowworm (below) will Millipede Prey

Glowworm (below) will Millipede Prey

Dear Angel,
If you checked out this dramatic occurrence in darkness, you might have noticed the predatory larva glowing, because it is a Glowworm.  Glowworms prey upon Millipedes and we have nice documentation on our site of an eastern Glowworm eating a Millipede.  Your species if probably a Western Banded Glowworm
Zarhipis integripennis, and you may verify its identity on BugGuide.

Glowworm Eats Millipede

Glowworm Eats Millipede

Thank you very much, Daniel Marlos. What is interesting is that I checked the bug guide and it says that these bugs are active during Jan-Feb, but it is late November and getting really cold. Well anyway, thanks again for your help.

 

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Subject: Millipede??
Location: Frederick County, Maryland
October 19, 2013 8:08 am
Hi. Saw this guy up on the rocks in the mountain – Frederick County Reservoir Area, Maryland. Friday, October 18, 2013. He was at least four inches long. Moving fairly fast …
Signature: photogirl

Worm Millipede

Worm Millipede

Dear photogirl,
We believe we have correctly identified your Millipede as a Worm Millipede AKA American Giant Millipede,
Narceus americanus-annularis-complex, which BugGuide describes as:  “Usually dark reddish-brown with red edges on each segment. The most commonly-seen large millipede in its range.”  We were searching through interesting, recent, unanswered requests so that we could postdate a few submissions to go live in early November while when we will be away from the office.

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Subject: Fast-running insect
Location: Costa Rica, Alajuela
October 12, 2013 8:57 pm
Firstly, hello! this is my first submission after quite a while of reading the site :); anyway, to the important stuff, today when i was going to wash the dishes like usual, i saw this little fella in the sink trying to get out, no idea how it got there if the first place, and while i dont like bugs as much, im not a fan of killing things unless they are trying to viciously murder me too.
So i just took some pictures to see if you guys can identify it for me, then when i tried capture it with a tiny bag to set it free, as soon as i got it out of the sink it jumped and ran into the freedom of my backyard.
After getting on my laptop to check the pictures(and be surprised of the quality of my crappy phone!) i saw it has a huge pair of teeth or something! hopefully you know if its dangerous.
Thanks from Costa rica!
Signature: Andres

House Centipede

House Centipede

Hi Andres,
This is a House Centipede in the family Scutigeridae.  We have been saying for years that the North American species,
Scutigera coleoptrata, is perfectly harmless.  House Centipedes are proficient nocturnal hunters that will help control undesirable species like Cockroaches.  We have recently conceded that large House Centipedes might be capable of biting humans, though that rarely happens, and the bite would have no serious consequences.  Bug Eric has a wonderful posting on House Centipedes.

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Subject: House Centipede
Location: Sacramento, CA USA
September 7, 2013 11:58 pm
We took this picture of a house centipede and it is magnificent! Just wanted to share, as I already figured out what it is. Thanks to Jen K who took the picture with her fancy phone! In case the act of saving it degraded the image, here’s a link to the original on the web: https://sphotos-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1186843_10151602376722478_679037264_n.jpg
PS, As they say, huge fan, first time contributor.
Signature: Patti E

House Centipede

House Centipede

Hi Patti,
Thanks for the compliment.  The resolution of this House Centipede photo is plenty big enough for the internet.

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Port Sheldon Michigan
August 26, 2013 8:45 am
My neighbor was outside cutting the grass, she shrieked when she saw this on her brick patio. We have never seen a red and blue stiped caterpillar! Today is Aug 26, 2013. End of summer here in Michigan… We live on Lake Michigan and see lots of interesting bugs but this is a new one! I’m sending a picture and a video because he was using all his legs… Maybe eating something?
Signature: Milli

Millipede

Millipede

Hi Milli,
It is with the greatest of glee that we inform you of your namesake, a Millipede or Thousand Legger.  We will try to determine the species at a later time as we are just taking a break from stitching a seam.

Millipede L7

Millipede L7

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