Insects & other Arthropods David A Kendall   BSc PhD
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Order Diplopoda (Millipedes) Class: Myriapoda

Millipedes have elongate bodies, much like their close relatives the Centipedes, but differ from Centipedes in having two pairs of legs on most body segments instead of just one pair. All millipedes are relatively slow-moving herbivores, feeding mainly on dead and decaying plant matter. However, they sometimes eat living plants, especially seeds and young seedlings, and often extend the wounds on roots, tubers, bulbs and corms that have been caused by other plant-feeding invertebrates like slugs and insect grubs. The garden plants most commonly attacked are pea and bean seeds and seedlings, strawberry fruits, potato tubers, carrots, cucumbers and the bulbs of lilies, daffodils and tulips.

Pill Millipede
Glomeris sp. - Pill Millipede
b. up to 20 mm
Pill Millipede
Glomeris sp. - Pill Millipede (rolled into ball)
b. up to 20 mm
Flat-backed Millipede
Polydesmus sp. - Flat-backed Millipede
b. up to 25 mm
Snake Millipede
Tachypodoiulus sp. - Snake Millipede
b. up to 50 mm
Bristly Millipede
Polyxenus lagurus - Bristly Millipede
b. up to 3 mm
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