The Mask of Zorro

This is very small juvenile millipede Cylindroiulus sp. which I discovered under a plant pot in the backyard. They can grow up to 25mm long, but this one is barely visible to the naked eye. It has a fairly distinctive dark mask across its eyes and a pale tail end. Common throughout Britain, it feeds... Continue Reading →

Stigmatogaster subterranea

If you turn over a stone or a rock, or lift a paving slab in your garden, like I did here, you may find one of these long, yellow/orange centipedes living underneath it. Because they never keep still and are constantly looking for a way to lose itself under something or by burrowing in the... Continue Reading →

Common Cryptops

Cryptops hortensis I discovered this brightly coloured and very agile centipede under a stone in my back garden. 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... Continue Reading →

Brown Centipede

Lithobius forficatus This is one of the first creepy-crawlies I was fascinated by when I was a boy. Also called the ‘Garden Centipede’, this is a glossy brown centipede with 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... Continue Reading →

Spotted Snake Millipede

Blaniulus guttulatus This millipede is creamy white or pale yellow and has small red spots down its side on each segment. These spots are the animal’s repellent glands. Its body has around 60 segments. Length 15mm. It feeds on the roots of various crops, including cereal crops and potatoes, and can be quite a serious... Continue Reading →

Garden Symphylan

Scutigerella immaculata Once thought to be closely related to myriapods (centipedes), they are now under their own class Symphyla. This is a tiny, pale centipede-like creature with long antennae. 15 body segments, and 11 to 12 pairs of legs on which it moves very rapidly. Length 5 to 8mm. The Garden Symphylan is very well... Continue Reading →

White-legged Millipede

Tachypodoiulus niger Also called the ‘Black Millipede’ or the ‘White-legged Snake Millipede’, it has contrasting white legs and a shiny black, cylindrical body. Length 6cm. It coils itself inwards into a spiral when disturbed or threatened. They do not begin breeding until they are almost three years old, and they can live up to nine... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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