Scolopendrid Centipede (Hemiscolopendra marginata)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Scolopendrid Centipede, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 9/13/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Scolopendrid Centipedes are sluggish, soil dwellers that occasionally wander indoors.
Scolopendrid Centipedes are commonly found in leaf litter, under wood and stones, or even wandering the ground. They are like other centipedes, having the same flexibility and segmentation. This species has some color variation among individuals. Some are a bluish-gray, while other appear more green or yellowish. They move underground like worms, stretching their bodies and contracting them, and eat invertebrates found in the soil. They also move above ground hunting other small insects.
Scolopendrid Centipedes produce vemon and they use it to dispatch their prey. They may bite people if handled roughly. These bites are painful, but not life threatening, though medical attention may be useful if symptoms do not diminish in a few days. If found indoors and live capture is possible, releasing Scolopendrid Centipedes into the garden helps control pest insects.