Millipede Facts

Millipedes are arthropods that have two pairs of legs per segment, except for the first segment behind the head which does not have any leg, and the next three segments have only one pair of legs. Young millipedes have only a few pairs of legs. Millipedes have a body that is divided into a head having antennae and a cylindrical or long tube-like trunk. The trunk is segmented. Millipede means "thousand feet", but millipedes actually have between 50 and 150 pairs of legs.

Millipedes are active at night and spend most of their life in moist soil and decaying vegetation. Most of millipedes are nature's recyclers as they eat decaying leaves and other dead plant matter.

Recently I read an article about millipede in India's National Newspaper "The Hindu", which ravels a study undertaken in Madurai. The article says that millipedes are good alternative to earth worms and their presence have positive impact on plants. Weight and disease resistance of plants increases when millipedes are present. Millipedes convert organic waste into component, which is rich in nitrogen, calcium, potassium and phosphorous. Since millipedes possess rich organic nutrients, they are good for soil fertility.


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5 comments:

SKIZO said...

It’s always a pleasure
to see such a Wonderful Work
good creations

kanak7 said...

I'm glad to read all this interesting info on millipedes. No wonder i see so many of them every time I loosen the soil around my plants. Great to know it's a good sign!

Anastasia said...

thanks for sharing this! i didn't know that they were great alternatives to werth worms and gardeners' "best friends"!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

These have an unusual colour to me Birdy as ours have vivid colours. Great series as always.

birdy said...

Thanks Skizo for the comment and appreciation.

Thanks Kanak! I also found them here in my veggie garden and kill a number of them, as I was on the opinion that they harm the plants like other cats.

Thanks Anastasia for the comment. Before reading the article, I myself was not aware that millipedes are beneficial and alternative to earth worms.

Thanks Joan for the comment and appreciation. We are waiting to see pictures of millipede from that part of the word.