Lithobius species and Haplophilus species, among others.


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Host Plants:

Where Found:

Worldwide except in Arctic environments


Centipedes are not insects, but rather among the first invertebrate animals that ever roamed the planet. They have one pair of opposite legs per body segment. The number of legs varies between species.

Beneficial Because:

Centipedes patrol mostly at night, consuming whatever small insects or worms they encounter and helping to reduce the numbers of pests such as slugs, snails, vine weevils, cutworms and chafers.

Food and Habitat:

Centipedes feed on many plant pest species such as small slugs and snails. They prefer to hide in moist soil, under rocks, wood and leaf litter, and will also shelter in cracks and crevices in walls and other structures.

Attracting More:

Provide suitable hiding places for centipedes in your garden such as compost heaps, log piles and rocks.

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