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Subject: Mysterious Centipede
Location: Northwest Tennessee/ Henry County/ Springville
March 21, 2015 1:43 pm
Hey there Bugman!
I’m currently doing habitat research in pill bugs for my animal behavior class and came across this little fella during my observations. I’ve never seen a centipede with this coloration around my area. I’m too interested to wait till I get back to college to ask our entomologist. Please help!
Signature: Russ M.

Millipede:

Millipede:  Euryurus leachii

Dear Russ,
This is not a Centipede, but a Millipede which has two pairs of legs on each body segment.  We believe it may be
Euryurus leachii based on this image we found on BugGuide.  The information page on BugGuide states:  “This is Euryurus leachii (Gray), a very colorful representative of the endemic North American family Euryuridae (Polydesmida). There are 2 genera in this family, Auturus & Euryurus, and the species occurring in Indiana is E. leachii. These are among the very few North American millipeds that one can deliberately try to find, because they occur almost exclusively in association with decaying hardwood logs & stumps near water sources ()creeks, seepages, etc.). They are rarely found in just leaf litter and almost never in association with pines. I’ll bet the log they found it under was an oak or another hardwood. (Dr Rowland Shelley).”  There are no reported sightings from Tennessee on BugGuide, but there are sightings from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and nearby Kentucky.

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Location: Springville, Tennessee

3 Responses to Millipede, possibly Euryurus leachii

  1. Sarah McManus says:

    This one will very likely glow bright green under blacklight (UV light)! Worked with some related euryurids that I’ve found in GA and NC.

  2. Jen says:

    I live in Wisconsin (about 45minutes east of the twin cities) and found that same millipede (black with red circles) in my home. I am not a fan of bugs. Is this millipede harmless to my children and cats?

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