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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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Subject: centipede
Location: Sabah Borneo
November 13, 2015 9:55 am
We saw this centipede in the Gomantong caves in Sabah, Borneo.
They are fast, they don’t like light! I have only one picture, sorry
thanks for help
Signature: fred from belgium

Cave Centipede

Cave Centipede

Hi Again Fred,
Many years ago we posted a similar looking Cave Centipede from Borneo, and there are also similar Centipedes from Vietnam in our archives.  Though they are not in homes, we do classify them with the House Centipedes.

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Subject: Wuut is this?
Location: Johannesbur, South Africa
November 13, 2015 3:16 pm
I was alarmed when this little buddy fell out of the dish cloth from my hand.
I’ve never seen these before. What are they called? Its approx 5 cm long. Wriggled more than moving foward.
Signature: Therry

Soil Centipede

Soil Centipede

Dear Therry,
We believe this Centipede may be a Soil Centipede in the order Geophilomorpha, though there is nothing quite this colorful posted to iSpot.

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Subject: Unidentified Millipede
Location: South Carolina, USA
November 10, 2015 11:53 am
I have looked everywhere but I can’t seem to identify this millipede. Can you help?
Signature: Frank

Iron Worm

Iron Worm

Dear Frank,
We quickly identified your Millipede as a North American Millipede,
Narceus americanus-annularis-complex, thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, it is:  “Usually dark reddish-brown with red edges on each segment. The most commonly-seen large millipede in its range.”  Our favorite bit of information on BugGuide is that this Millipede is commonly called an “Iron Worm.”

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Subject: Centipede brushing his hair
Location: South Carolina
September 25, 2015 7:18 pm
My wife was getting ready to go to bed. After changing clothes she reached for the hair brush. When she felt something tickle her hand, she looked down and screamed. She threw the brush and this not so small centipede against the mirror. When I came to see what was wrong, I found him hiding behind my can of shaving cream. Can you tell me what type he is? Also just so you know, I work on the catch and release program. Especially for the little critters that help me keep the other creepy crawlers out.
Signature: Ron

Bark Centipede

Bark Centipede

Dear Ron,
This is a Bark Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha, and because of the fat terminal legs, we believe it is either in the family Scolopendridae or Plutoniumidae, based on images posted to BugGuide.  We do not feel confident with any more specific identification, however, due to your “catch and release program” we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Subject: Dear Bug Expert
Location: South East Texas
September 24, 2015 8:35 am
Bugman I don’t know what kind of centipede this is. Or if it even is one! Sorry about the shaving cream my little sister found this in her room and sent me a picture. I was laughing because she said she didn’t want to harm it. (She’s 16)
Signature: -Scared Sister

Centipede contained with shaving cream

Centipede contained with shaving cream

Dear Scared Sister,
While we are unable to provide you with any more specific information about this Centipede, we are very amused with your sister’s creative use of shaving cream to contain the critter.  We can’t help but to wonder what ever happened to the many legged predator.

Surprisingly the critter drowned it self trying to get out. I had no idea this would work. After that my dad just burned it. I really wanted to know what kind of centipede it was because I’ve only seen about three kinds never that kind. But it’s okay, how harmful are centipedes?

Some Centipedes can deliver a painful bite.

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