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Millipede - Apheloria virginiensis

Millipede - Apheloria virginiensis
Mineral County, West Virginia, USA
June 7, 2004

big millipede
I've seen these here in southern VA; they were common where we lived in southern MD too. They are quite tame, and I have handled them many times without any problems. The cyanide secretion makes them smell just like marzipan! One day in MD I was walking thru the woods and came to a room-sized area of tall dead weed stems, and each one of the stalks had one of these millipedes curled up dead, on top of it. There were at least 50 of them. They had apparently all decided together that it was time to go, like a crustacean Jonestown. Very weird, spooky and sad.

Video of another
I just posted a video of one of these at: http://youtu.be/869dPRqxBiQ and borrowed some of the comments from the bugguide, along with a link to the guide on youtube. I'm not violating anything by doing this, am I?

 
NIce video
You're certainly not violating any rules.

 
Thanks.
I just reposted the video, as I misspelled millipede (again) and made some technical errors that had the explanations out of view. The new version is at http://youtu.be/cWMVCoH3QO0 .

i live in maryland. the first
i live in maryland. the first time i saw these millipedes was in 2009. i have handled them frequently and never had any problems with them

Millipede found
My co-worker and I found two of these several weeks ago in South Central Pennsylvania. They were the first ones either of us had seen in this area.

this centipede
is also in ny i found 2 of them today and shook them a little to keep them in my net and they released their chemical and made me extremly sick so my advice is dont touch them with bare hands they were found in lake monroe near ballston spa

 
So sorry to hear that you're extremely sick from this.
Can you tell us how you're doing now? What were the effects and how long did they last? I hope you've completely recovered.

Moved

Apheloria virginiensis corrugata
Yes, the three individuals with pinkish paranota (the lateral segmental expansions of the dorsal surface) and the yellow transverse connecting band, is indeed A. v. corrugata. It occurs from the vicinity of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia.

CAUTION
Lovely image of a lovely animal, but please be careful, everyone, if you decide to handle millipedes with this color pattern. Their defense is to secrete a cyanide compound. Not washing your hands after touching one is hazardous to your health. Do not allow your children to pick them up. Just the same, no need to kill the millipedes, either, of course.

 
ID
I think this is Apheloria virginiensis corrugata or something very close to it. See comparison image here.

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