Millipede on Moss

Posted on in Recent Sightings by Hawk Mountain

A Millipede Contrasted by Moss on a Tree Stump

More (harmless) creepy crawlies have begun to appear around the Visitor Center this week, the latest being this species of Crested Millipede belonging to the Genus Abacion. These large, dark brown millipedes can be found in the leaf litter eating decaying plant matter. When threatened, millipedes will curl into a ball and some species may secrete bad-tasting and bad-smelling chemicals through pores that run along the length of their body. 

Photo by Laura Berry.