Microcosmos V


Lithobius (Sigibius) microps – This is one of the so called ‘stone centipedes’, but this is quite a small one at around 10 mm (3/8 in) long. They are very fast moving and never stop still so I have had to contain this one and snap it with the camera set at high speed to try and freeze it. Like all centipedes it has poison claws which it uses to inject venom into its prey to kill it.


Lithobius (Sigibius) microps

Lithobius (Sigibius) microps

Lithobius (Sigibius) microps

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For further interest visit the ‘Centipedes and Millipedes’ page.


20 thoughts on “Microcosmos V

  1. Do you know the poem The Centipede’s Dilemma? I’ve known it since childhood; there’s a bit of history here. Believe it or not, the poem was published in the journal Nature in 1889!

    A centipede was happy – quite!
    Until a toad in fun
    Said, “Pray, which leg comes after which?”
    Which threw her mind in such a pitch,
    She laid bewildered in the ditch
    Considering how to run.

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