North American Millipede

The North American Millipede - Narceus americanus - is found in most of the eastern United States. This one was photographed in Sutton Massachusetts walking across my back deck. North American millipedes are small caterpillar like creatures but with many more legs. This millipede has bright red legs, and its body is black and red stripes. When touched it curls up tightly into a spiral shape.

Millipedes are natural composters! The eat up dead leaves and flowers and keep our forest floors clean. They tend to be nocturnal, but as seen, this one was out during the day.

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

Here's another one out roaming in the evening.

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

North American Millipede

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