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Don’t know why, but millipede is quickly disappearing into its burrow. How do they stay so clean?

I could be wrong but I believe this is:
Sigmoria (Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae)

Photo taken in Arrowwood Glade Picnic Area in The Nantahala National Park in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, USA. The nearest town, Franklin, is 7½ miles.

More about milipedes, click here

Even more about this species

Camera: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
Exposure: 1/4 sec.
Focal Length: 6 mm
F/Stop: f/2.8
ISO Speed: ISO-320

the photographer wonders how I stay so shiny and clean

she never saw my face

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  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...almost 3 years ago

    I have 2 sets of legs in each segment

    Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here. I’d love for you to see the colorful creepy crawlies.

  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...almost 3 years ago

    How do bugs keep so clean?

    From a real expert:

    I am not 100% on this but this is what I have always been lead to believe…
    These 2 creatures (cockroach and millipede) are prime examples of this method of ‘keeping clean’ in the bug world!
    It is actually tiny little mites that keep them clean, no bigger than a couple of millimeters. They will actually feed on the dirt and the small parasites on the bug. In return for removing the parasites and dirt the bugs actually allow the mites to take up permanent residence on the exoskeletons of the bugs. In my personal experience I have never came across a bug with more than 5-7 mites on them at any one time! Hope this answered your question.

  • Michaela1991
    Michaela1991almost 3 years ago

    Fantastic macro and the different angle also does this image justice. Wonderful colors too! Great capture! Michaela

  • The burrow entrance is just above a rock that is part of a set of steps up a steep hill. The hole was on the vertical like this. They are such amazing critters. I’m so glad you like this photo and helped me figure out how it stays so clean.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

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