Variegated Centipede Lithobius (Lithobius) variegatus


Variegated Centipede Lithobius variegatus
Variegated Centipede Lithobius variegatus

Class Chilopoda (Centipedes)
Order Lithobiomorpha (Stone centipedes)
Family Lithobiidae
Species Lithobius (Lithobius) variegatus Leach, 1813

Length up to 30 mm.

A fairly large centipede which has distinct brown-purplish bands on its legs and along the centre of its back. It tends to remain motionless when disturbed.

It hunts and predates on other invertebrates at night. Seen all year round. Found mainly in rural areas in woodland and moorland. It hides during the day under bark, stones, rotting logs or decaying vegetation. Common and widespread except for the east of England and Scotland where it is scarce or absent.

Discovered under loose bark in local wood, South Staffordshire. Autumn 2020. © Peter Hillman.

Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.