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Photo#118716
Centipede - Scolopendra heros

Centipede - Scolopendra heros
Hays County, Texas, USA
June 16, 2007
Centipede found under a horse water tank. Specifics?

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Centipede - Scolopendra heros Centipede - Scolopendra heros

Scolopendra heros.
heres more information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scolopendra_heros

Scolopendra heros castaneiceps
This is Scolopendra heros castaneiceps. It is easily identified by its unique coloration, since no other centipede in the US has these colors (head and first two pedal segments are red, first 20 pairs of legs yellow, body black). The full length image would be great for future reference and confirmation of the ID.

There are two other subspecies that occur in the US that have much different coloration than S. h. castaneiceps.

Nice find!!

 
sing along!
'Yeah, I wish I had a pencil thin mustache
Then I could solve some mysteries too'...

sorry couldn't help it - he had me singing 'ol Jimmy Buffet!!:)

 
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George thanks for the ID. I just found out about this site after catching this centipede and a Katydid. I should have measured it (sex?) but guessing now it was 6+ inches. For reference, the circle in the plastic container is 4 in diameter. Amazing how quickly it can burrow and hide.

Sharon, great handlebars.

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