Banded Millipede
Narceus americanus

Although centipedes and millipedes can be valuable in controlling house-hold insects, centipedes are often viewed as pests, largely because of the painful (but seldom serious) sting that the poison-bearing claws can inflict.

The millipede is slow-moving and worm-like. Its body is segmented with 2 pairs of legs per segment; short antennae. The preferred habitat of the millipede is damp, dark places; beneath rocks, wood, and leaves or in the soil. The little creature is harmless, but it does frighten children as it tickles the skin when it crawls in one's hand. Not to worry, millipedes do not bite.

Occasionally on damp days colorful millipedes can be spotted above the ground moving between layers of decaying plant material and leaf litter. Some species expel a foul odor from the sides of their body. Although beneficial in the woods, a few species can do serious damage in gardens and greenhouses.



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