Garden Lithobius Lithobius (Lithobius) melanops

Garden Lithobius Lithobius melanops

Class Chilopoda (Centipedes)
Order Lithobiomorpha (Stone centipedes)
Family Lithobiidae
Species Lithobius (Lithobius) melanops Newport, 1845

Length up to 17 mm.

A pale brown centipede with an indistinct darker longitudinal dorsal stripe.

It feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Seen all year round. Typically found in drier places, often above ground under bark on trees and on walls, but may also be found lower down under stones and logs. Very common and widespread throughout Britain.

Found in back garden, South Staffordshire September 2020. © Peter Hillman.

Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.