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blue centipede - Scolopendra polymorpha

blue centipede - Scolopendra polymorpha
Boise, Idaho, USA
August 22, 2005
Size: 2-3 inches
I found it in my house, I've only seen one other centipede like it...sorry the photo isn't real great

in vegas?
just caught one last night. first time ever seeing one. seemed a little aggressive. is it normal to find these in vegas? ive lived in vegas my whole life, never seen one before now.

Can you save me one?
Hey I live in Boise too and was wondering where you found that? All I've been able to find are small ones, all brown in color, and they don't attack anything like the larger ones... They just run away from even baby crickets... So don't know and want one that is more aggresive... Think you could help me out?

ok.. so I person am terrified of bugs but my husband and I were out in the desert in Kuna.. we just followed Pleasant Valley Rd out and kept going clear out to the military training area. We were out there to site our guns in, well anyway a rock got kicked over and this BLUER THAN BLUE friken thing caught my eye so I called my husband and my father over and they had never seen one in their life (lives ?) and said it was some weird bug that someone from another country probably brought over with them. Well this centipede was sooooo fast. My husband wanted to catch it and my dad insisted we squish it.. So my husband squished it.. I guess is what I'm trying to say is, we DO have them in Idaho and they seem to like the desert and rocks. This post is obviously YEARS after you last posted but I thought I would post just in case.

well,I really dont know, because I've only seen one since then (2 years ago), and he was only about half and inch,and wasnt quite blue. they seem really rare, but I've had the best luck when I'm on hikes, because I live about 10 minutes from tablerock (as a boisean you know where it is?), and am able to go there often, and they seem to like rocks and stuff like the brown centipedes....I have a lot of the brown/redish ones at my house too.

just curious, what do you do with them?

I keep them in a small contai
I keep them in a small container with a rock and lots of moist ground, with some small crickets, slugs and snails... None of which the centipedes seems to be interested in... I read they eat snails and such, but these tend to like to munch on the crickets food and shy away from everything living in the container... I have varified that all 3 are indeed centipedes and did find one about 3x these ones size, but was unable to capture it... So we'll see what happens... I just watch them from time to time...

And I do know where Table Rock is, I will have to cruise up there and try to find some of the larger ones if possible...

I found a very young S.polymorpha by Celebration Park...
In Melba, so you can try checking there if you want to find some. It was under a rock, the area is pretty much scrubland all around, and is prime habitat for many Tenebrionid beetles as well. Never seen any at Table Rock Mountain, I have seen (and collected) some cool native cockroaches there though. There are also supposed to be Jerusalem crickets there as well, would love to try to keep some of our native species if I could find some...
Nice to know there is another invertebrate keeper here in ID. :)

I too, have found and capture
I too, have found and captured these pretty blue centipedes. The tenebrionid beetles do not interest me, however I have seen the cockroaches, and they are abundant in the Boise area. As for the Jerusalem Cricket, I have only found 2...

Haven't gone out much lately, some new health problems have prevented me from doing so, would love to catch some S.polymorpha one day though! I actually have a large individual that I bought from a friend in New Mexico, dang thing barely comes up to eat though, mostly just burrows and fasts...

Yeah, the Parcoblatta seem fairly common in Boise, wonder if there are any other native cockroaches species in ID... I doubt it though.

That's cool, would love to find some JCs here one day, where did you find yours, just wondering?

As for Jerusalem Crickets, th
As for Jerusalem Crickets, they live in a variety of places. My friend said he saw one at Bruneau Sand Dunes, but I personally have found one in the mountains (near Grimes Creek, under a rock) and another 3 (2 dead, one alive) in the hills near the the mayor's mansion (the big green hill) on N Bogus Basin Rd. Tell me if that helps. What other cool bugs have you found in Idaho? Do you know of any trapdoor spiders, giant water bugs, etc?

Cool, went to Brunneau last year...
Didn't find any JCs, found some cool Tenebrionids though. Neat, thanks for the info! :D

In 2014 I basically stayed at a dispersed campground from late spring to late fall, it was in the Boise national forest, near Arrowrock reservoir. If you stay somewhere that long, you get a good sense of what kinds of invertebrates live in that area. Some of the more interesting species I found there were:

Antrodiaetus sp, Amphizoa sp, Alaus melanops, Prionus californicus, lots of Coelocnemis sp, Ceuthophilus agassizii, Polyphylla decemlineata, Chlaenius sericeus, Scaphinotus sp, to name a few. :)

Wow, very interesting. I had
Wow, very interesting. I had no idea Scaphinotus sp were native to Idaho. And were the Antrodiaetus sp very common? Or did you just encounter the wondering males? Thanks for the info. If you have any more questions for me feel free to ask :)

Yeah, they are here for sure...
Just in the mountainous regions, and they only seemed to come out in fall.
The Antrodiatus weren't too common, I found two mature males, and one immature individual that must have been driven out by the rain. Found plenty of burrows, but they all seemed to be vacant.

No problem, happy to help! Thanks, will do! :)


Scolopendra polymorpha Wood,
Scolopendra polymorpha Wood, 1861, is the only possibility for this centipede, which I'm not sure has ever been formally reported from Idaho in published literature.

Looks like a Scolopendra poly
Looks like a Scolopendra polymorpha to me.

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