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Blaniulus guttulatus (F.)
Myriapoda, Diplopoda, Blaniulidae .

Spotted snake millipede

Description, Biology, Life Cycle, Damage, Common Names, Images


[R]Description
- Adult: length 8 to 18 mm, whitish. On each side there is a row of eccentric orange-red dots. The body is slender, elongated and composed of 50 similar segments. The second and third segments each bears a pair of legs, the following segments, 2 pairs (*) .
The head has a single pair of maxillae and a pair of short, hammer-shaped antennae.

[R]Biology
- Egg: laid in spring and summer in holes in the ground.
- Juvenile: small juveniles emerge from the eggs. These have only a few segments and 3 pairs of legs. The first juvenile instars which develop feed on organic matter in the soil. After each moult, the number of segments increases. At the end of approximately one year, the adult stage is attained.
- Adult: prefers high atmospheric humidity and dislikes light. It is frequently found in leaf mould, recently made compost heaps and in soils rich in organic matter.

[R]Damage
In dry conditions, attacks ripe strawberries, potatoes (*) , turnips and germinating beans.

[R]Remark/A>
Europe, America, Tasmania.


[R]Common Names
DE: Getüpfelter Tausendfuß ES: Milpies FR: Blaniule mouchetée IT: Millepiedi PT: Maria-café GB: Spotted snake millipede

[R] Images

  1. Blaniulus guttulatus (Bosc) (Coutin R. / OPIE)
    Damaged potato
  2. Blaniulus guttulatus (Bosc) (Coutin R. / OPIE)
    Adults at rest
  3. Blaniulus guttulatus (Bosc) Damage to sugarbeet seedlings (Hoechst)

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