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A poem

Beautiful Millipedes I dreamed I am a millipede So beautiful and happy indeed What genus to be? Well, let’s see! Brachoria, Motyxia or Illacme Each with their own species Some with colors bright Some glow at night Brachoria, with species … Continue reading

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Pinwheel of millipedes

A quarter pinwheel of millipedes of the species Brachycybe lecontii Wood, 1864 A murder of crows, a murmuration of starlings…a pinwheel of millipedes? Last week, Dr. Matt Kasson, his student Cameron, and I went on an expedition to find the … Continue reading

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Terraformer millipede

This millipede is Narceus americanus (Palisot de Beauvois, 1817) that I found curled up in the trunk of a live tree. At night, N. americanus is known to climb trees and graze on algae and fungus adhering to the surface … Continue reading

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Fieldwork at La Selva, Costa Rica

In search of millipedes, we’re dismantling this fantastically rotten log in La Selva, Costa Rica [left to right: Petra Sierwald, curator at the Field Museum; Jackson Means, grad student in the lab; Jason Bond, professor at Auburn University; Paul Marek, … Continue reading

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Fieldwork in Costa Rica

Sphaeriodesmid millipede from La Selva, Costa Rica (collected by J. Means) Last week, Jackson Means and I were in Costa Rica collecting material for an NSF project. Overall the trip was successful and we collected lots of fresh material for … Continue reading

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Myriapodologica, now online

With kind permission from the Virginia Museum of Natural History (Martinsville, Virginia) and special thanks to Tim McCoy for digitizing, we are proud to announce that the journal Myriapodologica is now available online and open access. Published from 1978 – … Continue reading

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millipede from Blacksburg, VA

Appalachioria separanda calcaria (Blacksburg, VA) Here’s a local cyanide-producing millipede from near Virginia Tech’s campus. In 1959, William Keeton (then a student at VT) described this species based on specimens   collected from Blacksburg, Riner and Radford, Virginia. This species is … Continue reading

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Cyanide gland dissections

Cyanide gland, expertly dissected from Pachydesmus crassicutis by Tim McCoy. The large balloon shaped reservoir on the left stores the stable precursor mandelonitrile, which is squeezed into the thickened, oval-shaped reaction chamber on the right. In the reaction chamber, mandelonitrile … Continue reading

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New lab @ Virginia Tech!

Apheloria virginiensis corrugata Brush Mountain (Montgomery County, VA) This particular millipede oozes cyanide to deter predators Just a few months ago, I moved to the mountains of Appalachia and beautiful Blacksburg, Virginia to start research and teaching at Virginia Tech … Continue reading

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