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Subject: Creepy crawly in Chicago apartment
Location: Chicago, Illinois
March 8, 2016 11:12 am
I found this guy in the corner of my closet ceiling. I’ve seen several others like him throughout the 2 years I’ve lived in this apartment in Chicago. It’s currently end of winter/beginning of spring . It seems he has both front and back antenna with 10-20 pairs of legs. Just want to know what it is.
Signature: Katelyn

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Katelyn,
This is a beneficial, predatory House Centipede that will help keep your apartment free from Cockroaches and other unwanted pests.  According to BugGuide:  “The 15 pairs of legs are banded, becoming lighter toward their tips, with barbs that help hold onto prey.”

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Subject: bug in Belize
Location: near San Ignacio, Belize
January 25, 2016 4:06 am
Hi,
I saw this bug while in Belize last november. I was walking through the jungle at night near the town of San Ignacio. It is about 5 centimeters long en was sitting on a plant hanging over water. No idea what it is. Hope you can tell me! Thanks!
Signature: Susan

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear Susan,
Though you found it in the jungle, this Centipede is a member of the order Scutigeromorpha and that orders members are commonly called House Centipedes.  We haven’t the necessary skills to identify your species, but there is an introduced species,
Scutigera coleoptrata, found in North America that has adapted quite well to living in homes where it helps to keep populations of undesirable insects and arthropods in check.  Of that species, BugGuide notes:  “Mostly encountered indoors in damp areas such as bathrooms, cellars, and crawl spaces. It will venture beyond these areas and is often seen quickly scurrying across floors or climbing a wall.  Outdoors, they live under logs, rocks, and similar moist protected places.”  It is our understanding that in some parts of the world, House Centipedes are found in caves.  Your individual on a branch is quite unusual.

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Subject: What the heck is this?
Location: Wisconsin
November 20, 2015 2:18 pm
I was walking to class at my university and found this bug running around in circles in the basement hallway. I don’t know how it got there, but it’s getting to be winter in Wisconsin so maybe it was there for warmth? I’ve never seen a bug like this before and I can’t find anything on the internet to help me identify it. It’s so weird looking I just have to know.
Signature: KVC

House Centipede

House Centipede

Dear KVC,
This is a predatory House Centipede.  According to BugGuide:  “Mostly encountered indoors in damp areas such as bathrooms, cellars, and crawl spaces. It will venture beyond these areas and is often seen quickly scurrying across floors or climbing a wall.  Outdoors, they live under logs, rocks, and similar moist protected places.  Indoors they are likely to be found at all times of the year provided they have warmth and available prey. In the north they will only be found outside during Summer.”  We consider them to be beneficial because they will prey upon cockroaches and other household pests.

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Subject: centipede
Location: Sabah Borneo
November 13, 2015 9:55 am
We saw this centipede in the Gomantong caves in Sabah, Borneo.
They are fast, they don’t like light! I have only one picture, sorry
thanks for help
Signature: fred from belgium

Cave Centipede

Cave Centipede

Hi Again Fred,
Many years ago we posted a similar looking Cave Centipede from Borneo, and there are also similar Centipedes from Vietnam in our archives.  Though they are not in homes, we do classify them with the House Centipedes.

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Subject: Vietnamese cave bug
Location: central Vietnam
September 13, 2015 6:42 am
We saw these bugs in Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam. The porters called them Scary Marys but I was wondering what the real name is (and what they are…spider? insect?
Can you please help me identify it?
It was approximately the length of an adult’s hand and moved very quickly. Most of the porters believed that they were venomous (they said poisonous) but one of the porters held it and allowed it to crawl on his back.
Signature: Paige

Cave Centipede

Cave Centipede

Dear Paige,
Though it was found in a cave, we believe this is a member of the order Scutigeromorpha, the members of which are commonly called House Centipedes.  We found several similar looking images online, including an image on Live Science from Malaysia, and image from Borneo on Loupiote.com that is identified as 
Thereuopoda longicornis and an image from Malaysia on Spiders-UK. 

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Central Ohio, USA
August 13, 2015 3:02 pm
Emptied my clothes dryer and found this critter amongst my laundry. Is this the larval stage of some basement critter or something that hitchhiked in our clothing? It’s about 1-1/8″ long. Thanks.
Signature: Randy

Legless House Centipede

Legless House Centipede

Dear Randy,
This House Centipede is missing all 30 of its legs, and we can only imagine the agonizing death it experienced in your dryer.

The horror!  The horror!
Thank you.
PS, by the way, we leave the house centipedes be in our basement, as they help clean-up.
(I found my glasses)

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