Millipede (Eurymerodesmus spp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Millipede.
Updated: 1/24/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Millipedes live in the dark, moist places of the earth, searching for food and hiding from view.
Millipedes differ from centipedes in that their legs are paired in each body segment (except for the first three). Centipedes have only one leg per body segment. Millipedes come in a variety of colors. Some have flatter bodies, while others are very tubular. Certain species are even toxic. Most coil up when threatened to protect their legs. They have tiny holes, called spiracles, on the sides of their body that allow them to breathe moist air.
Millipedes eat a variety of things. Their appetite for dead plant matter, fungi and insects help keep nutrients from these sources cycling through the food web. Millipedes usually search for food at night and prefer to remain in dark places.
Females lay their fertilized eggs in mounds of their own feces. Newly hatched Millipedes are shorter than adults, but they will add more segments after each molt.