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North American millipede

Apheloria virginiensis corrugata

Description:

Flat millipede with black and yellow. Yellow transverse connecting band, is indeed A. v. corrugata

Notes:

Caution: Many millipedes with bright color patterns secrete a compound containing cyanide. Wash your hands after handling them and do not allow children to pick them up. "Millipedes are entirely non-toxic to humans and can be picked up by hand. Some secretions discolor the skin, but this wears away in a few days without lasting effect. Some large, cylindrical, tropical species squirt their defensive secretions up to a half meter (2-3 feet) and can blind chickens and dogs. Their fluids are painful if they get into the eyes, and persons working with tropical millipedes should be suitably cautious." ~Rowland Shelley Source: http://bugguide.net/node/view/8260

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2 Comments

LCHinchey
LCHinchey 7 years ago

Thank you, Alice!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Cool!

LCHinchey
Spotted by
LCHinchey

Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jul 3, 2013
Submitted on Jul 3, 2013

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