The word millipede literally means a creature with a thousand legs.

A milliped.

A milliped.

They are arthropods with many legs, although less then a thousand. I took these pictures in Hungary in a meadow in a nature reserve. It is likely to be a Megaphyllum Unilineatum but I cannot be certain. Neither the picture quality nor the information I was able to find gives any certainty to make a positive ID.

Millipedes are usually harmless detrivores, but they do produce nasty smelling chemicals for defense. Apparently in some places they show up in such large numbers as to become a nuisance.

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Last updated: July 3, 2014

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