Got Its Stripes

Striped Millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus

This is one of Britain’s largest millipedes, and it has to be one of it’s most attractive. Growing up to around 30 mm (1 3/16 in) long, it is very well marked and unmistakable with 2 conspicuous deep orange stripes running the entire length of the body. I discovered it under a detatched piece of bark in my local wood. It feeds on dead and decaying plant material, and can sometimes be found on tree trunks and walls, or under logs in a broad range of habitats including, woodland and meadows, with a preference for sandy soil.

Striped Millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus

Here’s hoping I can’t see it with it’s head tucked under. No chance with those stripes!

Striped Millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus

Classic coiling as a protective measure. Note the tail end, the defined projecting telson.

Using the ‘classic’ Gutenberg ‘block’ to add images I have discovered that you can frame them, and you don’t get that landing page with the adverts either, so you should be able to double-click to zoom in without the added fuss.

18 thoughts on “Got Its Stripes

  1. Nice study, Pete. I guess these are popular with fishermen. I was photographing some flowers by a river once and a guy who was angling brought one of these, probably not the same species, over so I could photograph it. Nice little water droplet too. 🙂

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