Many species within the Chilopoda class


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Host Plants:

Where Found:

Worldwide except in Arctic environments


Centipedes are not insects, but rather among the first invertebrate animals that ever roamed the planet. Centipedes have one pair of opposite legs per body segment, as opposed to millipedes which are usually larger, and have two pairs of tiny feet per body segment.

Beneficial Because:

Centipedes patrol mostly at night, consuming whatever small insects or worms they encounter.

Food and Habitat:

Centipedes are carnivores that eat earthworms and soft-bodied insects. They avoid midday heat by resting beneath mulch, which also provides cover from flooding rains.

Attracting More:

Populations of centipedes regulate themselves. These are long-lived creatures that often live for several years.

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