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Subject:  What Centipede is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Pretoria, South Africa
Date: 11/21/2017
Time: 01:11 AM EDT
Hi,
PLease can you identify what type of Centipede this is?  My puppy is finding them irresistible to catch and kill unfortunately.
How you want your letter signed:  Red legged Centipede

Centipede

Based on this SA Reptiles posting, and this Arachnoboards posting, we believe this Centipede might be Cormocephalus nitidus.

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Subject:  Creepy scolopendra!
Geographic location of the bug:  Colombia, South America.
Date: 11/13/2017
Time: 11:01 AM EDT
Well, today in a new (and, frankly, creepy) chapter of bugs in my room, a 4 inches long scolopendra just walked into my room through the door as if it was nothing. Welcome to the South. Even though I have phobia to those insects, and against my thirst of hemolymph with these creatures; I caught it, took some pics, and then set it free. I couldn’t really identify its species, though. Could you give me another hand?
How you want your letter signed:  Still terrified, Daniel.

Bark Centipede

Dear Daniel,
We agree that this is a Bark Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha, but species identification can be difficult due to so many species looking similar as well as due to considerable color and marking variations within a species.  Many species in the order, especially large individuals like the one you encountered, are capable of delivering a painful, venomous bite, so physical contact should be avoided.  The tolerance you demonstrated in catching and releasing this impressive predator has earned you the Bug Humanitarian tag.

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Subject:  Whats this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: 10/25/2017
Time: 09:41 AM EDT
Hi Bugman
Just wondered if you could help us identify our bug. This is the second one we’ve found in our pool. Its about 2 inches long, with quite nasty pincers.  Thanks so much
How you want your letter signed:  Darren

Centipede

Hi Darren,
This is a Centipede.  Centipedes are predators that are venomous, but though their bite can be painful, there is usually nothing more than local swelling and tenderness.  Some species grow as large as eight or more inches, and their bite is reported to be considerably more painful, but rarely results in a health crisis.

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Subject: Night crawler…….
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
April 13, 2017 3:52 am
I was up at 3 am, on my phone. I felt something move on my arm, and instantly this and my brand new iphone were hurling across the room onto the tile. It must have been stunned because it took it a couple minutes to move so I could find it.
I must be done sleeping for the night because I keep having random creepy crawlie sensations.
Lived in this house 14. May not be 15….
Signature: sleepless in arizona

Stone Centipede

Dear sleepless in Arizona,
Though there isn’t much detail in your image, we can determine this Centipede has 15 pairs of legs, leading us to believe, based on BugGuide, that it is a Stone Centipede. We suspect it accidentally wandered into the house and had not been living there long.

Thank you.  I forgot to mention it was about an inch long.   I had taken the picture before I found your site.
Here is another picture without the flash.
Thank you for identifying it for me.
Chris
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Subject: name of this Centipede
Location: Malibu, California (inside house)
March 6, 2017 5:07 am
This is not the first time that I’ve seen this type bug inside my house, and I’d like more info.
Signature: Lili

Common Desert Centipede

Dear Lili,
Based on images posted to BugGuide, we are confident that this is a Common Desert Centipede or Tiger Centipede,
Scolopendra polymorpha, a species found in many states west of the Mississippi River.

Super thanks for your reply.  But, why is this centipede in my house…do I have something that it likes to eat ??
Lili

In our opinion, the Centipedes are just wandering into your house accidentally.  The best remedy is to make sure all cracks and crevices are sealed.  People in California do not have the same weather-proofing concerns as folks who live in colder climates, so there are frequently gaps in doorways and windows.

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Subject: What’s the Bug
Location: South Dennis, MA 02660
December 10, 2016 10:25 am
Found this in between the sheets of a newly opened roll of paper towels. Looks like a soil centipede to me but I’m not 100% certain. It’s about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long and the color in the photo is accurate to the bug in real life. Any thoughts? Thank you,
Signature: Mario John

Soil Centipede

Soil Centipede

Dear Mario John,
We agree that this is most likely a Soil Centipede.  You can read more about the Order Geophilomorpha on BugGuide and in our archives.

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