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millipede with eggs - Narceus americanus-annularis-complex - female

millipede with eggs - Narceus americanus-annularis-complex - Female
Columbia, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA
May 17, 2010
Size: about an inch in diameter
Found this millipede with what appears to be eggs when I disturbed some debris by the side of my house. Can someone ID the species?

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Giant American Millipede?
Possibly a Giant American Millipede (Narceus americanus)? I'm no expert though.

 
Thanks Stephen
I looked at other photos of that species, and that's most certainly what mine looked like! They are very common in and around my yard!

 
The placement of the fertile millipede offspring
Do these millipedes usually settle in this contorted state, while their eggs rest on top of them? Is this behavior ubiquitous among millipedes?

 
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Eggs are laid singly in a cup the mother builds, so either these are eggs that have spilled out of an injured individual, or perhaps they're the eggs of something else. :O