What is this caterpillar? Does it eat wood?
January 10, 2010
We need to know what this is and if it eats wood because they are appearing all over our home. It is 1 inch long and only about 1/8 inch wide.
Debbie Roberts
Honolulu, Hawaii



Hi Debbie,
This is a Millipede, not a caterpillar.  They eat decomposing matter and will not harm wood.  The Star Bulletin Hawaii News website has an online article on Millipedes in Hawaii.

Thanks for the quick response!!!  🙂

3 Responses to Millipede from Hawaii

  1. maria j duffy says:

    Hundreds of millipedes in our house, they seem to like carpet (my new carpet!!) I know they dont eat it, but when they die on it, they leave a pink PERMANENT stain. I dont know where are they coming from: drains, garden, windows?? please help me!!

  2. Thia says:

    How do you get rid of milipedes. What draws the to the house?

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