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


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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