Pictures of Insects

picture of a yellow-spotted millipede are arthropods in the class Diplopoda, so technically they are not insects.

The insects, annilids, millipedes and mollusks in this section are commonly found in fields and forests around the United States.

As a group, they do not fit a specific theme. Rather, the bulk of the album is organized to be a catchall album, or holding album for the smaller of the creatures that constitute the animal kingdom.

The great majority of insect information contained in this web site has already been organized in a thematic fashion. The can be found by clicking on the Types of Insects link.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Most people's millipede knowledge begins and ends with a literal translation of the name, thousand foot insects. Millipedes do have multiple pairs of legs and feet, however none reaches the thousand mark.

The presence of two pair of legs per body segment is the defining characteristic of millipedes around the world. Their close relatives, the centipedes (Chilopoda), are defined as having one pair of legs per body segment.

There are over ten thousand identified millipede species in the world. Twenty two different millipede families have been documented living in the United States.

The yellow-spotted millipede, in the top picture inhabits West Coast forest floors. Like most millipedes, when placed in a possible dangerous situation, they curl up in a ball for defensive purposes.

Be careful around them. Millipedes do not bite, however, the yellow-spotted millipede, secretes cyanide as a defense mechanism.

Centipedes do bite, and for most people, it's probably not worth the time to pick up an arthropod and examine the leg structure to determine if it is a biting centipede or a non-biting millipede.

picture of a Florida Ivory Millipede

The Florida Ivory Millipede (Chicobolus spinigerus) is a large, and relatively harmless species, common in coastal and wooded areas from South Carolina to Florida.

The specimen in the picture was crawling down a tree trunk and measured over three inches in length. They are popular in the Millipede pet trade.

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