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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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Subject: Putting Hercules on the map!
Location: Howard County, Maryland
July 14, 2013 5:01 am
Over two years ago, we came across this beetle sitting under the car tire in the driveway. He was very mellow and interesting. His feet felt like Velcro and could cling to ANYTHING!!
We let him go in the backyard and haven’t seen another one since. :(
Thanks for this website! I came searching for centipedes in your gut (and think I need to call my doctor tomorrow) and found the Hercules Beetle as well.
Signature: Buggy in MD

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Buggy in MD,
Though your photo is several years old, it is quite timely since we have been getting reports of Eastern Hercules Beetles for the past few weeks.  We are sorry to hear about the Centipede in your gut.  When we first ran that posting, we were a bit amazed.

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Subject: Is this a Railroad Worm?
Location: Birmingham, AL
May 31, 2013 9:44 pm
My kids and I found this large and leggy bug this morning (May 31) in Birmingham, Alabama. It was about the same length as a granola bar (see photo). A friend suggested that it might be a Railroad Bug. Can you identify it for me? I have never seen anything like it!
Signature: Elizabeth Mitchell

Millipede

Millipede

Hi Elizabeth,
This is not a Railroad Worm which is the larva of a Glowworm.  This is a Millipede and we believe we have correctly identified it as Pachydesmus crassicutis thanks to images posted on BugGuide where it is reported from nearby Tennessee and Mississippi.  We are postdating your submission to go live in early June during our holiday from the office.

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Subject: What is this
Location: 3 Gorges Dam, China
May 28, 2013 6:14 am
Please can you identify?
Signature: Helen

Millipede

Millipede

Hi Helen,
This is a Millipede in the class Diplopoda, and a very pretty one at that.  Most Millipedes feed on decaying plant matter.  We are postdating your submission to go live during our absence from the office in early June.

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Subject: Just Saying Thank You!
Website: lhexperience.blogspot.com
April 29, 2013 12:02 pm
Dear WTB,
I found your website back in 2008/2009 and have been revisiting it pretty often ever since. I have never had anything that I wanted identified, a few times I did have a question but I was able to find it myself by looking through the archives first. I really enjoy reading it just for fun. I am not all that very interested in bugs really but I just really like this site here. Thank you for making it such fun to browse through! I always come here first whenever I want to know something about bugs. Today I discovered centipedes in my garden and I was worried they were bad. I looked around and discovered that there are quite a few different kinds of centipedes!
Thanks again!
Signature: Elise

House Centipede Eats Cricket

House Centipede Eats Cricket

Dear Elise,
Thank you for the sweet message.  We love getting fanmail.  It really made our day.  We try to make the site entertaining and fun.  Though we strive for accuracy with identifications, we are more generalists that are attempting to promote an appreciation of the lower beasts in an effort to help folks understand the interconnectivity of all life forms on this fragile planet.  We are illustrating this posting with a photo from our archives of the much maligned and misunderstood House Centipede, a beneficial predator that will keep the house rid of other unwanted creatures like cockroaches.

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