Worm Millipede

Narceus americanus
MILLIPEDES (Spirobolideae)

This millipede grows up to 5 inches long, with distinctive maroon paired legs and rings on a black body. When disturbed and picked up these millipedes curl up and emit a smelly, staining yellow-brown liquid.

Rarely seen in Fontenelle Forest – one (A,B) was found the end of July on Cottonwood Trail, (C) in September and (D) in August.

This millipede is active from spring through fall. It can be found in rotting logs or in leaf litter. The adult overwinters in logs or in soil. It emerges in spring to mate and lay eggs. The female lays an egg in a cup formed from regurgitated food.

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