Brown Centipede Lithobius (Lithobius) forficatus 


Discovered in garden. 7th June 2014. © Peter Hillman

Brown Centipede (Lithobius forficatus)

Discovered in garden.
7th June 2014. © Peter Hillman

Family Lithobiidae

Length up to 30 mm.

Also called the Garden Centipede, it has 15 pairs of legs, 2 on each segment. The back legs are longer than the others which are used to capture prey. Behind the head is a pair of venom claws which it uses to attack prey, injecting poison and paralysing them. It can be confused with Lithobius pilicornis, which is nationally scarce.

It feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Seen all year round.

Found in various habitats, including woodland, grassland and gardens. Often found sheltering in garden sheds, garages or other outbuildings. Discovered in leaf-litter, or under rocks, stones and logs. A common and widespread species throughout Britain.

Recorded and accepted via iRecord.