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Millipedes Migrating

We don’t often see millipedes because of their preference for secluded, moist sites where they feed on decaying vegetation and other organic matter. They are also more active at night, when the humidity is high. At this time of year, however, your chances of seeing a millipede are increased due to the fact that these invertebrates are migrating in search of overwintering sites.  Adults overwinter in nooks and crannies that provide them with some protection.  Many, like the one pictured, end up under loose bark.

Millipedes are harmless, so if you see one that accidentally found its way into your home, you can safely return it to the outdoors.

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9 responses

  1. Alice

    Do they have a pair of legs/feet for every segment? I could try & look that up.

    October 26, 2020 at 8:28 am

  2. Alice

    They do! And it ranges between 40 & 400 pairs of legs!

    October 26, 2020 at 8:31 am

  3. Martha Kent

    I wouldn’t say that they’re completely harmless — they secrete caustic substances as one of their defense mechanisms, as my toddler son discovered (many years ago) when he tried biting into one. He was a very unhappy boy after that encounter!

    October 26, 2020 at 8:39 am

  4. Kathy Rizzo

    For some reason the last two emails you sent haven’t had the pictures imbedded in them. When I went to “Comments” I could see them.

    October 26, 2020 at 8:56 am

  5. Carol Evans

    Ditto on the pictures not showing up in the last two emails.

    October 26, 2020 at 8:59 am

  6. Barbara Deal

    Hi Mary, I have not been receiving your wonderful photos for a few days. Can you help me? I miss them! Thanks. Barbara Deal bdeal@gmavt.net

    Sent from my iPad

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    October 26, 2020 at 9:16 am

  7. Luane Clark

    There was no photo accompanying this millipede post

    On Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 8:04 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” We don’t often see millipedes because of their > preference for secluded, moist sites where they feed on decaying vegetation > and other organic matter. They are also more active at night, when the > humidity is high. At this time of year, however, your ch” >

    October 26, 2020 at 9:20 am

  8. Rachel

    I see I’m not alone-no photos in my emails for the last two posts about snakes and millipedes….thanks.

    October 26, 2020 at 9:27 am

  9. Susannah

    Missing Photos in N. C. Emails: Recently your delightful and informative Naturally Curious email blog posts had no photos, as others have noted. (Two, for me: Snakes Basking & Millipedes Migrating). The email posts before that (the lovely White-crowned Sparrows Migrating, and earlier posts) had photos attached. Could there be something altered by the Website that might be blocking the downloading of photos with the text? Since not all comments note this, perhaps it only affects some computers or servers or regions. I use a MacBook Pro laptop and have no problems downloading photos and other mail attachments (or streaming online video). Thanks for your wonderful blog.

    October 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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