Subject: Unidentified Millipede
Location: South Carolina, USA
November 10, 2015 11:53 am
I have looked everywhere but I can’t seem to identify this millipede. Can you help?
Signature: Frank

Iron Worm

Iron Worm

Dear Frank,
We quickly identified your Millipede as a North American Millipede,
Narceus americanus-annularis-complex, thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, it is:  “Usually dark reddish-brown with red edges on each segment. The most commonly-seen large millipede in its range.”  Our favorite bit of information on BugGuide is that this Millipede is commonly called an “Iron Worm.”

Location: South Carolina

One Response to Millipede is Iron Worm

  1. Reminds me of the giant millipede in one of CS Lewis’ Narnia books. Terrible fearsome when first glimpsed by the narrator and then found to be very busy, focused and on its way to do something. Always think of this when I spot a multi-legged critter in the forest duff.

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