Mass of Millipedes
During the spring, millipedes often embark on mass migrations. They are most active at night and usually snuggle up in safe places during the day. I saw dozens of millipedes along this trail and had to actually watch my step so I didn't squish them. I found the hoard shown in this photo cozied up under a pile of juicy scat.
''Narceus americanus'' is a large millipede of eastern North America. Common names include American giant millipede, worm millipede, and iron worm. It inhabits the eastern seaboard of North America west to Georgetown, Texas, north of the Ottine swamps. It has a nearly cylindrical gray body, reaching a length of 4 inches . When threatened, they sometimes curl up or release a noxious liquid that contains large amounts of benzoquinones which can cause dermatological burns. This fluid may irritate eyes.. more