Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Centipede on a walkabout

It is long, I counted 76 pairs of legs! My young daughter spotted this centipede, Stigmatogaster subterranea, walking on a stone wall out in the open. This is the first time I see this behaviour in this otherwise soil and leaf-litter living centipede. When disturbed, it had no trouble walking backwards, which had me puzzled for a bit, as I confused the tail and the head end!
The centipede lifted its head as if sniffing...
 ...and finally disappeared in the leaf litter.


Anonymous said...

That's a long one! Love the photo with the autumn leaves.

Blackbird said...

Thank you, nobonesaboutit, I wasn't sure which one to put at the top, the long one is not as sharp as I would like.

Ray said...

"subterraneus" ? :)

Fine pictures!

Oddly enough I saw one walking along the top of an old brick garden wall just 4 weeks ago. It made for quite a sight. Impressive beast!


Blackbird said...

Thank you Ray. Curious isn't it? Maybe they disperse at this time of year? It is hard to find information on the behaviour of these beasties.