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Subject: Centipede brushing his hair
Location: South Carolina
September 25, 2015 7:18 pm
My wife was getting ready to go to bed. After changing clothes she reached for the hair brush. When she felt something tickle her hand, she looked down and screamed. She threw the brush and this not so small centipede against the mirror. When I came to see what was wrong, I found him hiding behind my can of shaving cream. Can you tell me what type he is? Also just so you know, I work on the catch and release program. Especially for the little critters that help me keep the other creepy crawlers out.
Signature: Ron

Bark Centipede

Bark Centipede

Dear Ron,
This is a Bark Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha, and because of the fat terminal legs, we believe it is either in the family Scolopendridae or Plutoniumidae, based on images posted to BugGuide.  We do not feel confident with any more specific identification, however, due to your “catch and release program” we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Subject: Dear Bug Expert
Location: South East Texas
September 24, 2015 8:35 am
Bugman I don’t know what kind of centipede this is. Or if it even is one! Sorry about the shaving cream my little sister found this in her room and sent me a picture. I was laughing because she said she didn’t want to harm it. (She’s 16)
Signature: -Scared Sister

Centipede contained with shaving cream

Centipede contained with shaving cream

Dear Scared Sister,
While we are unable to provide you with any more specific information about this Centipede, we are very amused with your sister’s creative use of shaving cream to contain the critter.  We can’t help but to wonder what ever happened to the many legged predator.

Surprisingly the critter drowned it self trying to get out. I had no idea this would work. After that my dad just burned it. I really wanted to know what kind of centipede it was because I’ve only seen about three kinds never that kind. But it’s okay, how harmful are centipedes?

Some Centipedes can deliver a painful bite.

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Subject: Centipede
Location: Columbus, Georgia, USA
July 16, 2015 7:49 am
Dear Bugman,
I have included two pictures of a large centipede I found in my driveway. My question though, is “what KIND of centipede is this?!” He, or she, is huge and very scary looking! I didn’t know centipedes like this live in Georgia! I hope you can help ID my outdoor friend!
Thank you for taking a look!
Shauna
Signature: A bug lover

Bark Centipede

Bark Centipede

Dear Shauna, A bug lover,
According to BugGuide, Centipedes in the family Scolopocryptopidae in the Bark Centipede order Scolopendromorpha have “23 pairs of legs (vs. 21 in other families)” and we counted 23 pairs of legs in your individual, so we believe we have the correct family.  As you can see from the BugGuide sighting map, there are Georgia sightings.

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Subject: Wondering what this is
Location: Frederic, MI
June 6, 2015 10:23 am
My mom found this bug on her pillow. It’s long like a snake, but looks like a cross between a centipede and a millipede. The first picture shows it normal, the second picture we tried to flip it over to see the bottom of it. Please help.
Signature: Barbie

Centipede

Centipede

Dear Barbie,
This is indeed a Centipede, and though we cannot be certain, it resembles members of the family Cryptopidae that are pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Centipede identification
Location: On a beach in Uraquay
February 12, 2015 1:37 am
Hi, My friend who is now (February) in Uraguay has posted a picture of this centipede . Can you identify it? Might it be poisonous? Thanks.
Signature: Paddy (UK)

Centipede

Centipede

Dear Paddy,
This beautiful Tropical Centipede from Uruguay is in the order Scolopendromorpha, and some individuals can get quite large.  They are capable of delivering a venomous bite, and there is general information on the dangers of a bite from a member of this order on BugGuide.
  We haven’t the skills necessary to provide you with a species name, but your individual does resemble the Florida Blue Centipede, Hemiscolopendra marginata, that is pictured on BugGuide.

Dear Daniel
Thank you SO much for that prompt and informative response. Donation via your website on its way! As an ex military jungle warfare instructor, creepy crawlies are of great interest to me. Keep up the good work!
Paddy

Hi again Paddy,
Thanks for your kind words and your generosity.

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Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Cabazon, ca
February 6, 2015 3:42 am
I’m house hunting and have found this bug in the bathroom while viewing. Wondering what type of bug? And if it is harmful? I have small children, will this bug continue to go inside the house with us living inside? Or did it only go because the home is vacant? Thank you
Signature: To anna

Desert Centipede

Desert Centipede

Hi Anna,
This is a Tropical Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha.  We believe it is
Scolopendra polymorpha which is pictured on BugGuide.  Your individual looks young, as they grow to about 4 inches in length.  Though Tropical Centipedes often enter homes, they are not a group that is generally found indoors.  Tropical Centipedes are venomous, and the bite is reported to be quite painful, but unless there is an allergic reaction, the bite is not deadly, though some Tropical Centipedes from tropical areas are considered more dangerous.  Individuals from Texas and Oklahoma, Scolopendra heros, are reported to grow up to 8 inches in length. 

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