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Subject:  Rhysida longipes
Geographic location of the bug:  Miami, Florida
Date: 01/29/2018
Time: 01:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  When visiting relatives in Florida last year, I helped my uncle move old boards out of an unused sandbox. Underneath one board there was a pile of large, greenish centipedes that scattered as they were uncovered. As an invertebrate enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for new species of arthropod to observe, capture,  and/or breed, so I had a container handy and was able to capture a 3-4″ specimen that was slower than the rest. There weren’t any containers large enough to house it in safely so I had to use this yellow bucket until I found an appropriate one.
I had hoped to find other centipede species in Florida such as S. viridis or S. longipes, but this one was clearly neither of those. After a bit of research I learned that R. longipes is an adventive species originally native to Africa and Asia that has now colonized Florida and Mexico as well.  I thought I’d send this in so people could properly identify common giant centipedes, as many pictures of R. longipes from Florida are mistakenly identified as Scolopendra and Hemiscolopendra on other sites.
As for the specimen I caught, she is now comfortably living in captivity and has regrown some of the lost antennomeres since these photos were taken.
How you want your letter signed:  lawnshrimp

African Longtail Centipede with Cockroach prey

Dear lawnshrimp,
Thanks for sending your images of the introduced African Longtail Centipede, a name we located on FlickR where it states:  “Though this exotic species has been found on occasion in Florida, all but one incidence was of solitary animals and it has never been considered an established part of the Florida fauna. Late in 2014, while on a scientific collecting trip to south Florida, we came across a large population of this species, which included juveniles through adults, on one of the main Keys. The animals had never been recorded from this area. Later that same evening, we located a large adult just outside of the Everglades National Park, representing an additional locality for this taxon. We wrote up a brief communication for this new, established member of the south Florida ecosystem for the Florida Entomologist which is currently in review.”  We also found your images posted to Arachnoboards.  Whenever we learn of an introduced species into an ecosystem, we are concerned that native species might be displaced due to larger or more aggresive introductions.

African Longtail Centipede with Cockroach prey

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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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