House Centipede

Today and yesterday, I saw and photographed nothing except the House Centipedes (Scutigera coleoptrata) that were running around in the living room and bathroom. They are pretty cool animals to look at.

Trapped in a cup. Love the bilateral symmetry of its body.

Close-up on the head, you can see the well-developed faceted eyes.

The one found today. Apparently, when they first hatch, the young House Centipede only has four pair of legs. Two new pairs are gained through each molting, and a full-grown adult can have an average of 17 pairs. Very interesting.

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1 comment:

Tim said...

I'd prefer the red ones found in Richmond to these long-legged monsters.

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