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Desert Millipede

Orthoporus ornatus

Description:

curious what kind, found the the desert in Arizona

1 Species ID Suggestions

luvnature
luvnature 10 years ago
Desert Millipede
Orthoporus ornatus Species Orthoporus ornatus - BugGuide.Net


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7 Comments

luvnature
luvnature 10 years ago

Insects and Plants are allowed to post on my Tucson Wildlife Count project mission. Anything that's seen wild in Tucson is allowed.

landonq
landonq 10 years ago

the link was great and the pictures looked exactly like the same body structure, thank you! I love your Tucson Wildlife Count mission. I'll try to include all of my appropriate postings. Just let me know if I include anything you don't want. So far I haven't been including bugs and plants.

luvnature
luvnature 10 years ago

You are welcome. Did you go to the link I have there? They do shed skin which adds a new segment each time and when they die they turn bleach white in the sun. I think you found a dead one. It's been dead long and ants or other insects have picked it clean on the inside. This leaves what you see in your photos. This one may have been quite old because of how long it had gotten.

landonq
landonq 10 years ago

thanks for the ID!

landonq
landonq 10 years ago

I was wondering the same thing Keith. It looks like millipedes do molt. The inside of the tubular cavity was completely hollowed out so I think the evidence may support this.

keithp2012
keithp2012 10 years ago

Could it be shed skin?

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 10 years ago

yes

landonq
Spotted by
landonq

Arizona, USA

Spotted on Jan 16, 2012
Submitted on Sep 7, 2012

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