Saturday, 16 February 2013

Flat Backed Millipede with Babies

When I pulled some old beetroots I found lots of these flat-backed millipedes (Polydesmus angustus) with young ones.
Once I got home and looked at the photo I could also see their eggs/egg cases.

The female lays the eggs in wet soil (no wonder there were so many!) and the young hatch within 2-3 weeks.
They're vegetarian, generally feeding on dead leaves and rotting organic matter so we're happy for them to live on our plot (although they can apparently enjoy soft fruit)!

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