millipede in death pose - request for insight - Apheloria virginiensis
Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Northumberland, Ontario, Canada July 2, 2008 Size: 5-6 cm long
Not so much a request for identification but rather a request for insight. These two millipedes, which I believe to be a species of Sigmoria, were found firmly clutching this branch about 4 feet off the ground and quite dead. It reminds me of ants or flies that are infected by a fungi that go up high to die and then the fungi grows out of the insect bodies and disperses their spores. There was no sign of fungi growing out of these creatures - at this time anyway. Does anyone know if this type of thing happens to millipedes? My search on the internet yielded additional pictures of this phenomenon on Bev Wigney's excellent site (http://www.pbase.com/crocodile)but no further insight. Anyone know or care to speculate? Thanks.
Contributed by David Bree on 14 July, 2008 - 3:42pm Last updated 19 August, 2012 - 1:28pm
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