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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Araluen NSW 2622
September 30, 2016 2:52 am
Please can you help me identify this centipede
Signature: Glen

Giant Centipede: Scolopendra laeta

Centipede: Scolopendra laeta

Dear Glen,
The longitudinal striping on your Centipede is quite distinctive, and the closest match we could locate is
Scolopendra laeta which we found on FlickR, and the individual depicted also has blue legs.  We then found additional images on Arachoboards, and it seems the species has variable coloration, but the longitudinal striping seems a constant.

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Location: Araluen, New South Wales, Australia

2 Responses to Centipede from Australia

  1. Alistair says:

    This is indeed Scolopendra laeta, however they are not a “giant” centipede. They max out at around 5-6cm

    • bugman says:

      Thanks for the confirmation. We have deleted the word “giant” from the posting, though somewhere, sometime, we believe we found Giant Centipede used to describe the genus Scolopendra.

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