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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods except insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 6:25
Viewed: 7953
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today I would like to show you something rather rarely presented on TN - a member of Chilopoda - the biggest European species of centipedes - Scolopendra cingulata.

It is "only" some 12 cm long, but still this is one of the biggest (longest) terrestial arthropods of Europe, distributed in Medditerranean region mainly. It is rather nocturnal species, actively hunting for any other smaller creatures, especially insects and spiders. But warning: IT IS POISONOUS and can be DANGER FOR HUMAN!!! This one was found under the stone in Bytyc Mts..

As I noted above, it is the biggest centipede of Europe, but really not the biggest in the world fauna (some 3000 species have been described). And even if most of other species of Chilopoda are rather smaller (many are smaller than 1 cm), the biggest actually living species is Scolopendra gigantea from Neotropical region - its size is some 30 cm!!! This species is also known as hunting on... bats!!! Yes, on bats! This species is catching its prey in the caves, just "walking" on cave's walls.

But even S. gigantea is a "little one" if we compare it with prehistoric centipedes. The biggest one, belonging to genus Euphoberia was 4 times longer and had some 1m!!!
Just imagine how danger creature it was, especially if we note that "normally" actually living chilopods can kill much bigger prey that they are (look here to see a short moovie of hunting Scolopendra)

Last but not least this picture is dedicated to Marie Christine Guegan (mariki), who often shows us very unique and non-commertial arthropod creatures :>

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-28 6:44]

Hi Radomir,
Whilst i'm not the greatest fan of things with this many legs, i can't help but be impressed by this shot of a Scolopendra cingulata. Superb detail and clarity, with a great side lighting that adds a little extra. I am relieved to read it is not found here in the UK..very well done and a great note as always, thanks. The video clip is like something out of a horror movie...


Well composed pic that has a good POV, shows sharpness and etail of the subject.


Czesc Radziu
Piekny potwor. Super fotka. Perfekcyjna ostrosc, dobre naswietlenie i fajna perspektywa. Do tego jak zwykle dobra notka.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2008-02-28 7:48]

Radomir, it is good idea to fill in flash in sun light, well exposed and composed.

Hi Radomir,
I would not get near this centipede. This European species has yellow color whereas here in Thailand the color is red and black. Sharp and crisp clear image. Very well seen.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-28 7:52]

Hello Radomir,
I'm really not too keen on these kind of giants since I once by mistake stepped on one in a butterfly house in Malaysia. It was huge and it made a real crunchy noise, I hate doing things like that!! It was brown and the size of this one.
Anyway, your capture is brilliant showing all details very clearly. Light and colours are perfect and it is a fine composition.
Thanks for showing this, I've never seen a big one in Europe and now I know what to look out for!
Regards, Ulla

Very good close up shot of the centipledes. Good clarity and shapness. I was bitten by one of this when I was little in my village.

Hello Radomir,
a nice and interesting picture.
Well composed with good details and sharpness.
You handle the flash nice, it's a good balance with the natural light.
Well done.

Hi Friend Radomir,

An excelent warvelous capture of this huge centipedes with nice colours, sharpnes and details my friend! Great work. I think our friend Marie will like this. Nice dedication!
TFS and Cheers,


Hola Radomir, buena luz y muy bien captado este escurridizo insecto que por sus hßbitos suele estar siempre escondido.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi

Ciao Radomir,
davvero splendida quest'immagine di Scolopendra!
La nitidezza Ŕ eccezionale e permette di osservare ogni pi¨ piccolo dettaglio: gli articoli delle antenne si contano uno ad uno.
Grazie anche per le note, sempre molto intertessanti.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-28 11:18]

Excellent shot of this awesome creature.
I can almost feel it's glossy, smooth, segmented body in my hands!
Well I never thought there was a bat-eating Centipede!
I bet it would be agony if you were bitten by one!
Great composition and POV.
Sharp and crisp.
What a shocking little movie!

Thanks for sharing this,


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-28 11:51]

Hi Radomir,
Wondeful light, colours, pose, sharpness and an excellent note. Bravo!
TFS, JosÚ M.

Hi Radomir,
Very beautiful image. It even looks delicious somehow 'cause it is so well photographed...
Then I read your note:-). Besides a very interesting and educational note.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-28 13:24]

Hi Radek

Another very interesting presentation from you my friend!
I remember seeing a Scolopendra for the first time on one of the trips to the seaside...i was absolutely shocked! :)) I don't even want to think what my reaction would have been if i would have seen a living one of the prehistoric ones...uuuu :))

I like you picture very much - it presents this big centiped with very good details while showing the entire length of its body. Excellent textures and colors, too, with a good contrast with the soil.
I also appreciated the very interesting youtube clip ;)
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-28 13:34]

Hola amigo,
original macro,
buenos detalles y pov,
excelente foco,
saludos Radomir.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-28 22:07]

Hi Radomir

Great detail and excellent exposure in this shot. Well observed and captured.

I was first aware that centipedes could be poisonous when I visited my French Penfriends family in Martinique, in the French West Indies, when I was 21. Madame had been bitten by a rather large one and had been in very great pain for several weeks - they had rushed her to the hospital. However, they had killed and dried the centipede - and kept it in a glass case! Not something I would care to be reminded of!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-28 23:55]

Hi Radomir,
Thanks for posting this interesting creature. I liked the colors, POV, composition, focus, sharpness and details.

Impressionnant chilopode que je ne toucherais pas volontiers,
Bonne journÚe.

Hello Radomir,

Well-composed picture of this centipede. Good sharpness. Good light and colours. 30 cm, not for me :-). I had Scutigera coleoptrata in my apartment when I was studying in Poitiers, not what I prefer. Thank you for the dedication.


Hi Radomir, great dedication to Mariki, splendid macro of this great Scolopendra with amazing details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

I think we have the same species in Anatolia Radomir, your capture is very good from the viewpoints of focus, natural colors and details of the numerous segments my friend. I once saw a girl (around 17-18) bitten by a Scolopendra (we'd found the partly squashed remains in her bed), and in spite of some ammonia ministration the wound swelled and blackened in short time with some acute pain. A most unpleasant experience indeed!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-29 7:52]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent image of and good notes on a Centipede. You caught large European species superbly showing the whole centipede with good lighting sharpness and detail. You Mariki and Dietrich are experts at making the less glamorous invertebrates interesting and appealing and it is nice that you have dedicated this fine image to Mariki,
Thanks for sharing this one,
Greetings from ┼hus,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-29 8:00]

Hi Radomir,
Even if I really don't like these Myriapoda, the pic is very good, sharp and with good details!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-29 11:55]

Hi Radomir

Well you are quite brave then because it looks like a monster. Wonderful sharp details, well composed and great POV. Wonderful note as well



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-04 7:25]

Hi Radomir.
I'll-be-back soon. shot. All is perfect at highest range. Sharpness and details are ultimate. DOF and POV are amazing too. Lights and colour reproduction are also fantastic. Bravo, my friend. Extraordinary work.

Hello Radomir,
Very fine image with excellent quality!
the exposure and focus is spot on with good sharpness, vivid colour and detils in the shot!
very well done and the good notes
best regards

hehe, 12 cm, rowniez nie jestem fanem tych wielonogˇw ;-) ale przyznam, ze podoba mi sie 'jej' wyglad zewnetrzny i kolorystyka. Oczywiscie idealna ostrosc :-)

Hi Radomir,
not something I would get to close to ;-). Glad you did that for us and we can get a look at its sharp details. Colors and sharpness are great, and the composition is well done.

Hi Radomir,
surprising us all humble TN watchers with this giant centipede! You did an excellent job of picturing it: you waited for a turn so it would fit . I'm sure you did'nt have many chances to make good pictures, but you did'nt miss it when it presented itself. As usual with you, the note adds much to the value of the picture. Well done, Radomir.
Best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-05 19:00]

Hi Radomir,
Awesome shot of this awesome centipede, nicely curled up. Very impressive sharpness, colours, details and lighting. The top POV is very effective to portray its features and it looks so majestic but very scary too. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Radomir !
What an ugly beast you show us today ! :-) But I must admit is very interesting, and quite rare to see them too, so I look at this picture with much interest. Nice sharp details, wonderful composition and POV, natural colors, and nice pose of your 'beautiul' friend, with the head touching the tail... Excellent note too. Very well done !

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-06 11:31]

hello Radomir
wonderful macro photo of this poisonous insect
composition, POV, lighting (using of flash), colours, sharpness, details and informative note are great

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-06 16:06]

Hi Rado,what a beautifull centipedes!! The quality of your pic is very very perfect,and the note very interesting too.I must to say thanks for your correction about my damselfy.eheheh...have a nice day,Luciano

Oh wow, Radomir, this is truly a masterpiece of a picture of a Centipede rarely seen on TN, as you rightly mentioned!
It is so perfect technically it feels as if I am peeping at it with my own eyes. This sure is nature photography at its best.
Thanks also for the very informative note.
This creature is greatly feared in my native place in the hills; it is said it can kill a person if it gets a chance to slip into his/her ear during sleep.
TFS and regards.

Despite small bursts which we are not accustomed to see in your images, but a result of field conditions. I will disagree with you warning on health hazard. There is no report i know about death causing death. Mostly a bruise is seen. But it is not a suitable animals for handling. I agree also that it is a cingulata, too. Note that few other species live around the region

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-03-13 3:34]

Hi Radomir,
What a Macro indeed...small yet quiye poisonous....You have managed to get a crisp shot of this centipede, with good lighting and contrasts.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-14 10:05]

Ola Radomir
Bonita foto deste animal muito interessante, com todos esses pares de pernas, a nitidez da foto ficou boa e a luminosidade tambem me agradou.

Hi Radek,
A nice dedication for Marie. Excellent capture of this deadly centipede. Very good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-20 2:54]

Hello Radomir,
I just noticed that I missed a lot of your shots. There are so many interesting pictures, my preference in general goes also to insects and invertebrates. This is a most interesting posting by the quality of the picture and the excellent note. I imagine a centipedes of 1 meter. And I didn't know that they are so poisonous for human.
Thanks and have a nice day

Hello Radomir,

Pfffffffffff.....what a huge centipedes. Your capture is brilliant showing all details very clearly. Natural colors. Light is perfect and it is a very nice compo. POV, DOF and BG are okÚ. Have a nice day and TFS BOB

Hello Radomir,
Very impressive animal and shot. The light, the sharpness and the composition are excellent. But in fact, I prefer to see it on a screen than in front of me... Thanks for the useful information and TFS,

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-06-17 12:39]

Hi Radomir!
Really great shot with realistic colors, these give me the creeps even worse than spiders, it's not natural that something has soo many legs.

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