Bury Wildlife

Millipedes & Centipedes

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede - Cylindroiulus punctatus  This grows up to 25 mm. It is pale brown and has a banded appearance, often with darker spots along each side. It also can have a dark mask across its eyes,


Tachypodoiulus niger White Legged millipede  T.niger often climbs trees to eat the mosses and algae. This millipede is familiar as it is often seen coiled up like a watch spring for defence. Common.


Flat-backed Millipede - Polydesmus angustus  Found leaflitter dead wood. Normally feeding on dead leaves and other rotting material, but also fond of soft fruit such as Strawberries.Two legs per segment. Common


Cylindroiulus londinensis Very similar toT Niger but ID from the end of the tail or telson. This one isn't  as pointed as T Niger

Haplophilus subterraneus It is up to 70 mm long, and it may be 1.5 mm at its broadest point. The body tapers markedly, There are between 77 and 83 pairs of legs. common under stones and in grassland.


Common Cryptops - Cryptops hortensis About 20 to 30 mm long and little more than 1 mm broad, it is a pale brown animal with 21 pairs of legs - the rear pair backward facing and more robust than the others. It has no eyes,and  is very active animal. Nor common


Blaniulus guttulatus Spooted Millipede Creamy white or pale yellow and the red spots down the side are actually it's repellent glands. The body has about 60 segments. Very common but rarelyt seen as often underground.


Banded Centipede - Lithobius variegatus A reddish brown centipede similar to the Common Centipede, but this species has purple bands on its legs. Fairly Common.

Brown Centipede - Lithobius forficatus

Various habitats including gardens. It is found in damp places, often under stones. common and predatory.


Eyed Flat-backed Millipede Nanogona polydesmoides

ID by rounded lobes on each side of the plates along its back. Found in wet meadows and woodland where it lives in leaf litter and under logs. Common in UK but worldwide restructed to UK and Scadanavia. Alpha


Pill Millipede - Glomeris marginata 01.04.14 s these are rare in GM and this was found in Stockport. So called due to rolling up in defence and looking like a pill.


Campodea Bristle Tail

Feeds on plant matter and dead insects. It retreats from light when exposed. Very common if unrecorded.