15 pairs of legs

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday 18 January 2011 20:16

Another centipede in a completely different order. This is the Variegated Centipede Lithobius variegatus in the order Lithobiomorpha or the 'stone centipedes'. This species has strongly striped legs and was again found hiding in the gate where the valley field had flooded. Opening this gate is becoming a bit like opening a  moth trap. I also had another tick today, the tiny black harvestman Nemastoma bimaculatum which I have seen many times dead in pitfall traps but only noticed it alive today under a log in Hoe Wood. That puts me on 3059 species.

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