Friday, November 28, 2014

The Wall Dancer - a Millipede Video

My first micro-video. A mere 60 seconds of watching a tiny little millipede shake and roll about on a screen. Warning: it is in a close up, in fact if you listen, you can hear some vocalization the little multi-segmented wall-crawling wonder was making as it danced for the camera.

What's an arthropod? Here's one definition: An arthropod is an invertebrate animal having an exoskeleton (external skeleton), a segmented body, and jointed appendages.

A few facts I gleaned from a Wikipedia article on millipedes:

1. They are mostly harmless to humans although you may not want to lick them (they can secrete defensive chemicals).
2. They are not insects (bugs). They are arthropods.
3. Their food of choice is leaf litter, mulch and other dead plant materials although some species will eat live plants like seedlings.
4. They prefer humid environments like under leaves and mulch and things they can eat.
5. They are preyed upon most commonly by reptiles (lizards), amphibians (toads), birds and insects.

If you really want to know more, including how to keep them as pets, there are Amazon books you can purchase. Use this link: Millipede Lore