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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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Subject: Correctly identified a millipede on my own? Location: Columbia, TN March 16, 2013 9:11 pm I just wanted to share my favorite critter find of the day today. Found March 16, 2013 in Middle Tennessee in a heavily wooded and mossy area. I believe based on my searching of this site that it is a Sigmoria trimaculata, however, since I am usually wrong in my assumptions, a confirmation would be appreciated. Feel free to share my photo as I did not see very many on here. Thanks for all that you all do! Signature: S Carter

Flatbacked Millipede:  Sigmoria trimaculata

Flatbacked Millipede: Sigmoria trimaculata

Dear S. Carter, We agree with your identification.  Back in 2007, we posted an image of a Flatbacked Millipede that we identified only to the order level of Polydesmida, but a year later, Rowland Shelley of the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Science identified it a Sigmoria trimaculata.  His comment at the time was:  “Most are quite old; don’t people submit new ones more often than this?”  We don’t get images of this interesting Millipede that often, so your photos are a great addition to our archive.

Flatbacked Millipede:  Sigmoria trimaculata

Flatbacked Millipede: Sigmoria trimaculata

 

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Subject: Giant Millipede?
Location: Gold Run, CA
March 11, 2013 7:43 pm
Assuming this is a Giant Millipede, although I know ”Giant” is in the eye of the beholder! He/She was very calm and attractive – once my little girls got over their fear they had a lot of fun. No distinguishing colors other than shades of grey. Turned him/her loose in the overgrowth after taking a pic – any info would be great! Thanks again, love your website!
Signature: Whitnei B.

Millipede

Millipede

Hi Whitnei,
Since most Millipedes are much smaller, calling this a giant Millipede makes perfect sense.  We are uncertain how many different species of large Millipedes can be found in northern California, and most likely even scientists are certain how many species can be found.  According to our favorite source for information on southern California “bugs”, Charles Hogue’s Insects of the Los Angeles Basin:  “Several species live in the basin;  most are small and inconspicuous.  But two closely related species,
Hiltonius pulchrus and Tylobolus claremontus, are very large (exceeding 3 in., or 8 cm, in length) and a third species, Atopetholus californicus (=angelus), is only slight smaller (up to 2 in., or 50mm).  All are otherwise similar, with cylindrical shiny black, dark gray , or brown bodies.”  The genus Hiltonius is represented on BugGuide  Tylobolus is also represented on BugGuide and Atopetholus can be found on BugGuide as well.  We can’t say for certain if your Millipede is in one of those genera or if it is in a different classification. 

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Subject: What kind of Centipede is this?
Location: 15 miles east of Tecate Mexico, in Baja Norte
March 8, 2013 10:01 pm
Can you tell me what kind of Centipede this is. I saw several of them over the course of the day.
Found in under a Rock in Sage Habitat/w Rock. About 15 miles east of Tecate Mexico, in Baja Norte.
Please let me know if you nee more info.
Thank You In Advance.
Brian
Signature: Any

Multicolored Centipede

Multicolored Centipede

Dear Brian,
We believe this is either a Multicolored Centipede,
Scolopendra polymorpha, or a closely related species.  According to BugGuide, the range is:  “w. half of the US north to SD-se.MT-e.OR; Mexico.”  The bite is rumored to be quite painful.

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