Donna Shipley
Donna Shipley
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Asked on May 24, 2013

Bug I.D.?

Jeffrey BirchardMichelle Rodrigues RodricksBeatrice Tangeman
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When I was a kid I used to see these every fall as school was starting the kind of swarmed. Thousands of them died in the gutters when the rains started (and smelled bad). I can't remember their name, nor the folk lore that went with their appearance. Right now there are a fairly large number of them wandering around our property. Anyone know what they are and/or anything else about them?
They are about 2 inches long, black with yellow spots, lots of legs and if you pester them the curl up.
They are about 2 inches long, black with yellow spots, lots of legs and if you pester them the curl up.
11 answers
  • Sia@South 47th
    on May 25, 2013

    Looks like a centipede to me?

  • Donna Shipley
    on May 25, 2013

    I "googled" both centipede & millipede and could find one that looked quit like this, but I may have missed something. Thanks.

  • Donna Shipley
    on May 25, 2013

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Gail Salminen
    on May 25, 2013

    From what I could find in google, it appears to be a flat backed millipede. More infor here http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2005/06/09/flat-backed-millipede/

  • Donna Shipley
    on May 25, 2013

    Thank you Gail!!! That is exactly the critter and I can use the i.d. to find out more about it... like where it went and why its back!

  • Phyllis W
    on Jun 2, 2013

    It resembles the bag worms that hang in nut trees and almost defoliate them. They are earlier in the season - I think. Do your little guys do damage Donna?

  • Donna Shipley
    on Jun 2, 2013

    These guys stay on the ground as far as I can tell and don't seem to destroy anything. I am sure that it is a flat-backed millipede. I just found it very odd to encounter them again in large numbers after so many years and I remember from my childhood that there was supposed to be some significance to there appearance in large numbers... rainy weather, earthquake weather... something like that. They are pretty much gone now, but it is June 2 and sprinkling so maybe it was rain.

  • Phyllis W
    on Jun 3, 2013

    It would be good to learn the folk lore of these guys.

  • Beatrice Tangeman
    on May 22, 2015

    Yes, do tell.. We just saw one in our yard last night before dark, it was very lethargic and on the ground.

  • Its a kind of a centipede and/or millipede. These two have a different look...! Yeah, i too would like to know more about this particular insect.

  • Jeffrey Birchard
    on Oct 8, 2016

    It's a millipede the wet weather brings them out

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