Saturday, July 05, 2008

Photo Friday- spiral

I saw this spiral on some ivy leaves at the base of a tree. Its a white-legged snake millipede, either Tachypodoiulus niger or Cylindroiulus londinensis urled into a defensive spiral .

The head and legs are tucked in to the interior of the spiral for protection.

This is the mini-beast unfurled and crawling around. It moves quite quickly on its many white legs -so its not the easiest thing to photograph.

You can see from the photo that it really is a millipede as they have two pairs of legs per body segment while centipedes only have one pair of legs per segment.

1 comment:

Magpie Magic said...

The pictures are so cool. Love the little curled up centipede. I thought it was a snail at first glance.