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UploadedAugust 10, 2012
TakenAugust 6, 2012
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.6
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light detected
Focal Length105 mm
ISO800
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Rusty millipede (Trigoniulus corallinus)

The name "millipede" is a compound word formed from the Latin roots mille ("thousand") and pes ("foot"). Despite their name, no known millipede has 1,000 legs. Common species have between 36 and 400 legs. The class contains around 10,000 species in 13 orders and 115 families. The giant African millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas), is the largest species of millipede.

Millipedes are detritivores and slow moving. Most millipedes eat decaying leaves and other dead plant matter, moisturising the food with secretions and then scraping it in with their jaws. However, they can also be minor garden pests, especially in greenhouses where they can cause severe damage to emergent seedlings. Signs of millipede damage include the stripping of the outer layers of a young plant stem and irregular damage to leaves and plant apices, the very top of a plant.

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  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (10 Aug 2012):

    Great photo, Saroj, you give us such good info and we learn about the various species that you post.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (10 Aug 2012):

    A handsome fellow indeed, well documented! I agree with Ann's statement too.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (10 Aug 2012):

    Saroj, Well done, Compliments

  • ROCIO GUILLEN

    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (10 Aug 2012):

    Beautiful color!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (12 Aug 2012):

    A wonderful capture and essay, Saroj! So interesting!

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