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yellow spotted millipede

Harpaphe haydeniana


This many-legged creature is common in the forest, and especially visible at certain times of year, late summer through fall. This particular individual was lighter colored than any I'd seen before--they're usually a shiny black with the bright yellow spots along the sides


Old mixed woods (Douglas fir, hemlock & Sitka spruce) in the duff.


The yellow spots are memorable warnings that the creature can exude hydrogen cyanide as a defense.

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1 Comment

DanielePralong a year ago

Great image and intersting notes shebebusynow! You feel at floor level in the forest.

Oregon, USA

Lat: 44.14, Long: -124.12

Spotted on Sep 19, 2017
Submitted on Jan 28, 2018

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