CASUAL INSECTS

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Centipede

Description:


The centipede is a Chilopoda with a slightly flattened body, light brown to yellowish with 3 dark stripes while the underside is almost white. Its body is covered with an exoskeleton divided into nine shield-like plates (Scutigere). It can measure up to 26 mm long.

Food:


The centipede is carnivorous, it feeds on insects such as mosquitoes, bedbugs, ants, cockroaches, silverfish etc.

Habits:


The centipede appreciates humidity and flees light. So it hunts at night and stays in a humid place during the day. The centipede spends winter in protected and isolated habitats and becomes active again in spring. It hides under a stone or logs during the day, becoming active at night.

Reproduction:

The female generally lays in summer. The eggs are deposited individually on the ground and cover them with a sticky substance or deposit them in the ground, in a natural environment. It is between 130 and 290 approximately, depending on its size.

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