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Glowworm & Millipede - Zarhipis

Glowworm & Millipede - Zarhipis
Kenwood, Sonoma County County, California, USA
April 1, 2007
Size: 4 cm +/-
Found on trail at Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch, the (most)of kids love watching the glowworm eat the millipede.

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I never knew California had glowworms!
I've never seen one...even the millipede is a pretty uncommon site in the bay area! Are they common in Sonoma?

Moved from Glowworm Beetles.

Moved from Glowworms.

ATE the millipede??/ thats strange!!! the millipede is bigger than it!!

He ate from the inside out leaving only the shell of the millipede.

Millipede remains
I'm curious what the millipede looked like when the glowworm was done--your comment makes it sound like the hollow shell was intact, is that correct? I ask because in For Love of Insects, Thomas Eisner describes glowworm larvae as leaving millipedes in characteristic piles of separate, hollowed-out segments.

Zarhipis sp.
This is either a larva, or a larviform female. If it has compound eyes, then it is a female. They glow brightly in the membranes between the segments.

Found what I think to be a Zarhipis??
Any help with naming what we found in the yard? It looked mush like the picture posted here. It was in the grass and when disturbed it's tail end would light up. It was like two round head lights. Green or neon green. Any help with this one? I live in Minnesota. Thanks!

How strange!!!
i dont know much about either of these new to me!!!

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