Sunday 21 May 2017


Millipedes are a group of arthropods that are characterised by having two pairs of jointed legs on most body segments; they are known scientifically as the class Diplopoda, the name being derived from this feature. Each double-legged segment is a result of two single segments fused together.

Most millipedes have very elongated cylindrical or flattened bodies with more than 20 segments, while pill millipedes are shorter and can roll into a ball. Although the name "millipede" derives from the Latin for "thousand feet", no known species has 1,000; the record of 750 legs belongs to Illacme plenipes.

There are approximately 12,000 named species classified into 16 orders and around 140 families, making Diplopoda the largest class of myriapods, an arthropod group which also includes centipedes and other multi-legged creatures.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.


  1. Looks archaic.
    Have a good new week

  2. Hello, cool sighting of the millipede. Thanks so much for linking up. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

  3. Amazing capture. #mysundayphoto

  4. Great detail, these have always freaked me out

    Thank you for linking up

  5. They always wriggle away too fast for me to photograph. Love the texture contrast you've achieved. #MySundayPhoto

  6. I love Millipedes, and also Centipedes I find them facinating.
    All the best, Gordon.

  7. Eww creepy crawlies.... but they make for great images