Brown and black stripes, fond in leaf litter in mixed evergreen woodland, hundreds of undulating legs
Millipede found on the trail leading to Grouse Hill on the Pepperwood Preserve. Approx 4 inches long
Durante mi almuerzo comparto mesa con este especímen.
We think this is a North American Millipede, Narceus americanus, but need confirmation. Millipedes are hard!
We see these often, in forest environments, in leaf litter and decaying vegetation.
Millipedes are myriapods of the class Diplopoda that have two pairs of legs on most body segments. Each double-legged segment is a result of two single segments fused together as one (the name "Diplopoda" comes from the Greek words διπλοῦς (diplous), "double" and ποδός (podos), "foot"). Most millipedes have very elongated cylindrical or flattened bodies with more than 20 segments, while pill millipedes are shorter and can roll into a ball, like a pillbug.