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Not a derm*estid larva! - Polyxenus lagurus

Not a derm*estid larva! - Polyxenus lagurus
Hollis, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
February 10, 2006
Size: 2 mm approx.
I noticed a bunch of fuzz in the bottom of the clear plastic deli container, and also the absence of one of the two tail tufts this little guy had at the outset. Eventually I got the idea that he lost them on purpose. They might be defensive hairs that irritate a would-be predator, and he figured he was under attack.

If anyone has read or heard of such a thing, please comment.

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Not a derm*estid larva! - Polyxenus lagurus Not a derm*estid larva! - Polyxenus lagurus Not a derm*estid larva! - Polyxenus lagurus

Pin-Cushion Millipede
I am pretty certain that this is the little stinker that has been infesting my home... I first noticed them between the glass and mattboard of my framed prints? How did they get in there. Then there was a nice little infestation in my cooking books in my cupboard. They are black when they are alive, and when they die they leave tannish shell behind. I first thought it was paper that was attracting these guys (some guy at home depot told me that). I have alot of books and thought perhaps it was the old old books from my childhood through my adulthood that was attracting them. Then I found them in the clothing I'd put away for the summer (tupperware container) now I have no idea why they are in my home or how to get rid of them. Any ideas on what is attracting them and how to get rid of them? (sorry if this is not the appropriate venue for pest control). I'm really being overrun; I'm not interested in spraying a lot of pesticides, so if I have to do so, I'd like to make sure I have the "right" one the first time.

Perhaps what you have
are the dermes*tid larvae that this is not one of :-) They are notorious for infesting homes, stored foods and wollen clothing. I've never heard of these little millipedes living in houses.

Well Thank you
bugs are not my best subject... : )

Moved from Polyxenidae.

This "pin-cushion" millipede
This "pin-cushion" millipede is Polyxenus ?lagurus (L., 1758), a Holarctic species occurring in northern North America and in Europe.

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