Scolopendra oraniensis - European giant centipede
Another example of “careful what you might encounter when you look under dead pieces of wood”… This centipede is one that you should avoid getting bitten by, it might hurt. We found it on a rainy Spring day on the shores of a barrier lake in Algarve, Portugal.
Similar species: Tropical Centipedes
Uploaded Feb 5, 2023. Captured Mar 22, 2017 15:25 in 6853+CH Odiáxere, Portugal.
To be fair, it's usually my partner who does the flipping - I just come running at the cry of “Quick, look what I found!”, brandishing my DSLR.
Small related anecdote: last spring in northern Italy we were strolling over a meadow sprinkled with old deciduous trees, me ”hunting” for Western green lizards, my partner flipping dead wood looking for insects - in a completely “harmless” habitat, right?. Only that one of the fallen branches had apparently been part of an Oak processionary nest and still contained some (unseen) hairs - the hand kept stinging for the better part of a week ???? Posted 4 months ago
Thanks for the info ;) Posted 4 months ago