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Subject:  Stinky
February 13, 2014
Location:  Turkey
Hello Daniel,
I sent you a letter a month or so ago about a stinky centipede. you answered my letter immediately, and I am very thankful to you. I found another one in my office and got a picture for you. when touched it expels a very foul odor that stays on my hands for hours and stinks up several rooms. You told me it could be cyanide gas. Thanks again, and here is the picture. Thanks again. Timur – in Turkey

Millipede from Turkey

Millipede from Turkey

Dear Timur,
Thanks for sending in your recent photo and description.  This is a Millipede, not a Centipede.

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Subject: Help identify please
Location: Twin Falls Idaho
February 3, 2014 10:45 pm
Found these shell like things on the carpet in my basement found 3 or 4 but never found any bugs or anything with them yet.
Signature: Colby

Dead Millipede broken in half

Dead Millipede broken in half

Dear Colby,
This looks to us like a dead Millipede that has broken in half.  Millipedes are generally found in damp, dark places, and they are frequently found in basements. 

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Subject: Worm-like pests in potted plant
Location: New York
January 3, 2014 8:28 am
Hi,
I noticed so many worm-like pests in my potted house plants.
Please can you identify them and let me know if they are harmful to the plants or us?
Thanks,
Anil
Signature: Anil Antony

Millipedes in Potted Plants

Millipedes in Potted Plant

Hi Anil,
These are not worms, but rather Millipedes in the class Diplopoda, creatures with two pairs of legs on each body segment.  Millipedes are generally benign creatures.  According to BugGuide:  “Most eat decaying plant material, but a few spp. occasionally can be carnivorous. Some may also occasionally eat living plants.”  We believe they are Flat-Backed Millipedes in the order Polydesmida.  According to BugGuide, they have “18 to 22 body rings” which is what we have counted on the specimens in your photo.  BugGuide also notes of the Flat-Backed Millipedes:  “The largest millipede order, and the only one that produces cyanide as a defense.”  The amount of cyanide that would be released by a single threatened Millipede would not have much of an effect on humans.  They were most likely introduced to the potted plant at the nursery.  Since these millipedes are in indoor plants, you might want to consider controlling them.  We do not provide extermination advice.

 

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Subject: Centipede in Zimbabwe
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
December 20, 2013 9:44 pm
I found this centipede in my garden. I’ve only been in the country 3 weeks. I’d really love to know what kind this is.
Signature: Anthony

Tropical Centipede

Tropical Centipede

Hi again Anthony,
This is a Tropical Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha, but it might be difficult to determine a species identification.  Large individuals can deliver a painful bite, and the venom may produce a local reaction, so the should be handled with extreme caution.  The markings on this individual are not too dissimilar from the markings on this Namibian Centipede from our archives.

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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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