Common Cryptops

Cryptops hortensis

Common Cryptops (Cryptops hortensis)

I discovered this brightly coloured and very agile centipede under a stone in my back garden.

Common Cryptops (Cryptops hortensis)

A pale, orange-brown centipede with 21 pairs of legs. The last pair of legs are thicker and point backwards. It has no eyes and is completely blind. Length 20 to 30mm.

It feeds on other invertebrates.

Seen all year round, and found under stones and logs in woodland, fields and gardens. Widespread but uncommon, found mainly in England and Wales, scarcer in the north.

Photographs taken April 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. Camera Nikon Coolpix P500. © Pete Hillman 2013.

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