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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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Subject: This didn’t come out of my husband, did it?!
Location: Toilet in bathroom in Leawood, Kansas
September 21, 2015 5:50 pm
Dear Bugman,
I found this worm-like caterpillar bug in our toilet coiled up and was concerned it came out of my husband who had used the restroom prior to me. We put it in a plastic cup and it is still moving around, spitting up black ink here and there. Thoughts?!
Signature: Concerned about husband in KS 😉

Millipede found in toilet

Millipede found in toilet

Dear Concerned,
You should teach your husband to flush.  This looks like a Millipede, and we suspect it fell into the toilet, but we have researched some Soil Centipedes that are reported to crawl up human gastrointestinal tracts.

Thank you for your response!  Husband seems to be OK and millipede is safely outside of our home’s jurisdiction.

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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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