Subject: What is this bug
Location: Branson West, MO
September 24, 2012 11:47 pm
This bug was very big and looked like it had a very hard shell… I’ve never see one but it is very colorful….
This is a Giant Red Headed Centipede, Scolopendra heros, and we were surprised to get your report from Missouri, which we thought was north of the typical range. Most of our reports are from Oklahoma and Texas. Bugguide does have previous reports from Missouri. The Giant Red Headed Centipede is a venomous creature, and though it is not generally considered dangerous, the bite is reported to be quite painful. BugGuide does have this interesting information on the bite of Centipedes in the genus Scolopendra.