Pill Millipede Glomeris marginata

Pill Millipede Glomeris marginata

This species of millipede looks rather similar to a woodlouse, and this can often lead to some confusion in identification. Its common name refers to its habit of rolling into a tight ball to protect itself from predation and to prevent itself from drying out. It is greyish-brown to blackish in colour, with about 11 tight-fitting calcareous plates running down its body. It has numerous legs.

Pill Millipede Glomeris marginata

It feeds on various rotting plant material, and helps to recycle soil nutrients.

Pill Millipede Glomeris marginata

A common and widespread species throughout Britain, except the far north where it is absent

Pill Millipede Glomeris marginata


30 thoughts on “Pill Millipede Glomeris marginata

  1. I love this “form”. They are kind of attractive. I think I am often fascinated, when something in nature is not quite round or organic, but graphic. The shape here is really nice. Great shot!

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