North American MillipedeThe 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.
Here's another one out roaming in the evening.
Caterpillars in Sutton Massachusetts
Animals and Birds in Sutton Massachusetts
Sutton Massachusetts Photo Collection