Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wildlife Wednesday - centipedes and millipedes

I went on a bug finding trip around my Dad's house with my nephew who is 6. We didn't have a bug catcher but a camera, so it was a lot different to a bug trip of my youth!

Anyway, we found a lot, and it kept him entertained for an hour or so. His little sister came for a bit, but she lasted maybe 15 minutes, but that's kind of good for her!

Anyway, we found this millipede, who'd seen better days. But it was a fun bug to check out.

I wrote about centipede sex at the Naughty Ninjas, you can read it here. And I didn't share that information with my nephew :)

The difference between centipedes and millipedes is that centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment, and millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment (milli for millions helps you remember that they have more legs - well, that's how I remember!).

If you want more info on these many legged critters, the Australian Museum has some great pages and photos. (I'm late posting this, was doing my very last HT newsletter).

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