Narceus americanus/annularis millipedes

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PostSalmon on 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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PostInsect Rod on 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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PostT.C. on 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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PostSalmon on 5/25/2017, 4:55 pm

@T.C. wrote: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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PostT.C. on 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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PostSalmon on 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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PostT.C. on 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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PostSalmon on 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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PostInsect Rod on 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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