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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.

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


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.

Subject: Caterpillar ID
Location: Schoharie County NY
June 4, 2017 4:55 pm
I live in rural upstate NY. I’ve seen a couple of these hanging on tree bark. I initially think they are alive, but then I realize I’m looking at what seems to be an exoskeleton. Could you please ID it for me?
Signature: Dottie Mueller

Shell of a Millipede

Dear Dottie,
This is not a Caterpillar.  We believe they are the remains of dead Millipedes.  It is possible that they were preyed upon by Glowworms.  We do not believe they are the result of normal molting, but we would not discount that possibility.

Shell of a Millipede

Subject: Same as “Possible Hawaiian Centipede!?”
Location: Nokesville, VA
May 24, 2017 4:43 pm
My daughter & I were exiting a natural wooded trail in Nokesville, VA today (Northern Virginia), when she gasped & stopped at sight of this dragon-like creature. I shot a photo, then tapped it with a stick, & it fell apart into multiple segments sliding off its center. Gross!
It has been very wet here lately, so I thought–once researching this image–that it might not have survived due to our almost nonstop rain this spring, if it’s a desert centipede..! Seeing that another person found one just like ours in Fredericksburg is astounding! That’s only an hour south of where we found ours.
Signature: Lolly

Millipede Carcass

Dear Lolly,
This is NOT a Hawaiian Centipede.  You have discovered the remains of a native Millipede, possibly
Apheloria virginiensis based on this BugGuide image and according to a comment on that posting: “I’ve seen these here in southern VA; they were common where we lived in southern MD too. They are quite tame, and I have handled them many times without any problems. The cyanide secretion makes them smell just like marzipan! One day in MD I was walking thru the woods and came to a room-sized area of tall dead weed stems, and each one of the stalks had one of these millipedes curled up dead, on top of it. There were at least 50 of them. They had apparently all decided together that it was time to go, like a crustacean Jonestown. Very weird, spooky and sad.”  It should be noted however that Millipedes are NOT Crustaceans.  Perhaps your individual was preyed upon by a Glowworm.

Subject: Bug in the tub.
Location: Pacific Palesades, CA
April 30, 2017 12:05 am
I have seen these bugs several time outside and indoors over the last three years. Some larger than this one which is about an inch and a half long in body length. The legs and feelers are longer. Is it a member of the centipede family? They can really move if they feel threatened. What do you think? This one is in the bath tub.
Signature: Wm. Imhoff

House Centipede

Dear Wm.,
The predatory House Centipede is a nocturnal hunter that has adapted to living in homes.  Since House Centipedes are most active at night, they often go unnoticed, but once trapped in a bathtub where they cannot escape because of steep slippery sides, they make their presence known.

Subject: What is it?
Location: San Diego, CA
April 28, 2017 8:47 am
I found this little guy in my bath tub. released it outside. What kind of a bug is it?
Found April 28, 2017, San Diego, CA
Enjoy your day,
Signature: Enjoy your day, :0)

House Centipede

This is a predatory House Centipede, and because you captured and released it, allowing it to enjoy its day, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Too often, House Centipedes found indoors wind up tagged as Unnecessary Carnage.  Thanks for your kindness to the lower beasts and to your good wishes regarding our day.