Optical Microscope

House Centipede

Scutigera Coleoptrata is commonly known as the house centipede. This arthropod is not an insect since it has 30 legs as opposed to 6. It belongs to the Chilopoda subphylum. Its body is only about 1 centimeter long and 200 micrometers across. Although it is originally the Mediterranean region it can be found in almost every house in the world. This specimen was found in North America.

The house centipede mainly eats other arthropods such as insects and arachnids. In many of the images below its compound eye can be clearly seen.

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