Monday, April 25, 2011

Skinny Long Yellow Centipede

I found this centipede in the garden while pulling weeds today.  It was under one of the bricks that make up the edging in our garden.

After a little research, I think it is a soil centipede (order Geophilomorpha).  Pretty much all centipedes feed on other small critters.  Whatever this one eats, it must be too small to see.  I let it crawl around on my hand while I went inside to get the camera (some centipedes bite, but this one didn't). 

Centipedes and millipedes are superficially similar.  They are both long and have lots of legs.  But centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment, while millipedes have two.  Centipedes are more flat in appearance and millipedes are round.  And centipedes are predators, while millipedes are detritivores.

We find a lot of life under the brick edging in our garden.  Oftentimes, at the end of the day, half the bricks in the garden are overturned from my two daughters searching for various critters.


  1. Do they do damage to you veg garden

  2. I doubt it, they eat other small critters. If anything they probably help by eating critters that might eat your veggies

  3. I got one from outside digging for worms. I got 'em in a jar right now. You must be brave to let one crawl on your hand. Best let the guy out now.

  4. I have been bitten by this exact centipede while in my garden they can be quite aggressive when felt threatened. It does hurt like a burning wasp sting and can give you symptoms like anxiety, weakness, burst of pain surrounding the bitten area.

  5. They definitely bite, and it is very uncomfortable.