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Maybe this should be in Photo Focus Groups, but we thought we'd paste this here as a kind of challenge to all. Dr Rowland Shelley has made a first pass through the millipede images, in case you haven't noticed the flury of activity there! One of his comments now is:
"One thing I did notice was that an awful lot of the photos are of introduced millipedes that predominate in urban environments in the US & Canada. But there are fantastic millipedes here in North America well removed from cities and towns; I wish there had been more photos of them. Including introduced ones, there are ca. 44 millipede families in North America, and the vast majority of these are not on the pages. So, my wish for and recommendtion to members of the BugGuide community are to cease taking photos of the myriapods in large cities, and get out in the woods & forests, turn over rocks & logs, peel bark off stumps, and rustle through leaves, and see & photo some of the many native species that occur here."
So there's the challenge! We now have someone who is willing and able to describe and identify your millipede images. If you have been holding back images because they haven't been getting ID'd, now's the time to present them. And if you don't have astounding images of native millipedes, now's the time to go out and get us some!

Just received an email from Dr Shelley
who visited bugguide recently and unfortunately didn't find many new millipede images. So we're putting out the call again to take a moment while you hike to stop and smell the millipedes, no, stop and photograph the millipedes. We're fortunate to have such a knowledgeable expert on millipedes stop in to BugGuide to help with our identifications and provide interesting information on the species. We would hope that we could all take advantage of that by posting some of the more interesting millipedes that we find on our walks. Thanks for your help on this!

Dr Shelley looked through the recent images
under millipedes but unfortunately saw that the majority were of introduced species found in people's gardens or in urban environments that he had identified earlier, which he refers to as "tramp species" that have managed to be transported by man over much of the populated world. So, he passed by those and affixed ids. to the few that were totally new and native species. Once again he challenges us to get into natural, North American environments and photograph the great number of fabulous native species that we have here, although he reports that the diversity of native species does diminish greatly towards the northeast, esp. in New England. He enjoys looking at pictures of millipedes, but constantly having to state "Polydesmus inconstans, (or Ophyiulus pilosus, etc., etc.) introduced from Europe and common in urban environments" isn't very exciting for him. He reports that if one sees a millipede or centipede around their house or in their yards, the chances are unfortunately very high that it is a foreign, introduced species. You might check your recent images against the images of European imports he has already identified so you can move your images to the guide if you wish. We will take a look and see what we can suggest. It was disappointing to learn that our millipedes which we photographed in a rich, but urban, oak woodland were European imports!

I have some millipede pics th
I have some millipede pics that I took from Shawnee Forest, and again on another trip from Starved Rock. Where would I post these to satisfy some desire?

Click on the tab above left that says
ID Request. Then click on Add Image and fill in as many of the fields as possible. You can click on Browse to have the software go to your computer and upload the image to BugGuide. Try it. It's simple - you'll like it!

So posting pics within thread
So posting pics within threads is not what you guys want? I'm very computer savvy, and have used the id section. Thanks.



Images can be posted to ID Request
or you can post them right to the Diploda page. When you click on the black&white millipede to the left, you will be taken to the main millipede Info page. Click on the tab for Images, and Add Image should appear. That's even better than ID Request when you post millipede images. Great! Can't wait.

I can't get my images to work
I can't get my images to work? It's giving me a size limit issue. I don't want to resize and then rework my photos. I have a massive screen, and take my pics with an 8mp camera. I know this isn't the greatest thing for some, but it's how I like things. At any rate I'm willing to put the photos up here and if someone would like to use them for something have at it. I enjoy looking at them too. Thanks, Justin
From Jackson County, Illinois Shawnee Forest

Starved Rock Specimen, likely over 3"

It may be that someone has the time
to copy your images and resize them and post them in ID Request for you filling in all the fields, but we would doubt it. Not sure what happens to them when you post them here, but they are already small enough here to fit on ID Request, so we don't know what the trouble was. These are about 1000 X 800 which fits easily on ID Request. This will just be a black hole for them. They will slowly get pushed from the top page of forum topics and no one will see them here. We're sorry you won't crop the images - it seems a shame to lose them, but thanks for this onetime view anyway. We often crop and resize just for BugGuide and then delete that image from our home files once we post to BugGuide. With photoshop it takes about 10 seconds to resize and resave under a new name.

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