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Subject: Vietnamese cave bug
Location: central Vietnam
September 13, 2015 6:42 am
We saw these bugs in Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam. The porters called them Scary Marys but I was wondering what the real name is (and what they are…spider? insect?
Can you please help me identify it?
It was approximately the length of an adult’s hand and moved very quickly. Most of the porters believed that they were venomous (they said poisonous) but one of the porters held it and allowed it to crawl on his back.
Signature: Paige

Cave Centipede

Cave Centipede

Dear Paige,
Though it was found in a cave, we believe this is a member of the order Scutigeromorpha, the members of which are commonly called House Centipedes.  We found several similar looking images online, including an image on Live Science from Malaysia, and image from Borneo on Loupiote.com that is identified as 
Thereuopoda longicornis and an image from Malaysia on Spiders-UK. 

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Central Ohio, USA
August 13, 2015 3:02 pm
Emptied my clothes dryer and found this critter amongst my laundry. Is this the larval stage of some basement critter or something that hitchhiked in our clothing? It’s about 1-1/8″ long. Thanks.
Signature: Randy

Legless House Centipede

Legless House Centipede

Dear Randy,
This House Centipede is missing all 30 of its legs, and we can only imagine the agonizing death it experienced in your dryer.

The horror!  The horror!
Thank you.
PS, by the way, we leave the house centipedes be in our basement, as they help clean-up.
(I found my glasses)

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Subject: What is this??
Location: Golfe juan, South of france
July 25, 2015 2:00 pm
Hi, I’m currently in the south of France and saw this in my sink??? Any ideas? Thanks
Signature: Mr johnson

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Mr johnson,
This House Centipede is a common, cosmopolitan predator that has adapted to cohabitation with humans.  They are not considered dangerous, though large individuals might bite if carelessly handled.  According to BugGuide, the House Centipede is:  “Native to the Mediterranean region, this species has spread throughout much of Europe, Asia, and North America.”

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Subject: Centipede
Location: Columbus, Georgia, USA
July 16, 2015 7:49 am
Dear Bugman,
I have included two pictures of a large centipede I found in my driveway. My question though, is “what KIND of centipede is this?!” He, or she, is huge and very scary looking! I didn’t know centipedes like this live in Georgia! I hope you can help ID my outdoor friend!
Thank you for taking a look!
Shauna
Signature: A bug lover

Bark Centipede

Bark Centipede

Dear Shauna, A bug lover,
According to BugGuide, Centipedes in the family Scolopocryptopidae in the Bark Centipede order Scolopendromorpha have “23 pairs of legs (vs. 21 in other families)” and we counted 23 pairs of legs in your individual, so we believe we have the correct family.  As you can see from the BugGuide sighting map, there are Georgia sightings.

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Subject: Is this a House Centipede?
Location: Northern middle Tennessee
June 4, 2015 4:36 pm
I found this critter in my kitchen today. Scared the you-know-what out of me. Let’s just say, the sucker had to die. But not before I got some good pictures of it so I could look it up to identify. It looks just like the House Centipede except the markings down it’s back is different and it is mostly black instead of brown. All the pictures I have come across show stripes going down the back of the centipede while this one looks like it has stripes going across. Is it just another variation of the House Centipede?
Signature: Dayna

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Dayna,
This is indeed a beneficial House Centipede and we are sorry to hear that “the sucker had to die.”  Your submission will be posting live to our site in the near future, while we are out of the office.

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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

Centipede

Centipede

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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