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PostSubject: Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes   5/21/2017, 7:56 pm

I've never seen these before, and recently collected around 30 specimens in a forest in Connecticut where they're very abundant. I have them in a medium- sized tub with a few inches of soil/rotting wood substrate. The bigger ones are over 3.5 inches long, definitely some of the most impressive inverts in this region!

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PostSubject: Re: Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes   5/22/2017, 10:17 pm

We have a few red looking colored ones around, mostly under old rotten stumps substrate etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes   5/25/2017, 12:15 pm

Them are really impressive in size. We don't have nothing that large in wisconsin. Crazy you found as many as you did!
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PostSubject: Re: Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes   5/25/2017, 4:55 pm

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Them are really impressive in size. We don't have nothing that large in wisconsin. Crazy you found as many as you did!

Actually, you totally have these in Wisconsin! They're found throughout the eastern US, but they only live in old growth hardwood forests and populations are very patchy. This is the first time I've seen them alive.


Update: the larger females are laying tons of eggs encased in little mud capsules.
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PostSubject: Re: Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes   5/25/2017, 5:14 pm

Hmmm... I'll have to do some looking into this. Gonna be pretty rare if they are here. Never even have found so much as a trace of one.
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PostSubject: Re: Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes   5/25/2017, 8:54 pm

I did a little research and found a sighting near Otter Creek in Sauk County. If that's not too far from where you live it's where I'd start the search there. Based on what I've read and experienced populations are rare, but where they exist you're bound to see tons of them.
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PostSubject: Re: Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes   5/27/2017, 8:18 am

It's actually only an hour drive! Maybe IL have to make a trip there, since it may very well be worth it.
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PostSubject: Re: Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes   5/27/2017, 3:28 pm

I'd suggest going in the evening and bringing a flashlight. Start by rolling over and peeling the bark off of dead logs, then after dark look for big ones climbing up tree trunks.
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PostSubject: Re: Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes   5/29/2017, 8:31 pm

I find them rather often in this area, and some are rather long. But not one of my favorite invertebrates to study.
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