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House Centipede


House Centipede
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-17
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-18 23:04
Viewed: 24594
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, has (when fully grown) 15 pairs of very long, delicate legs and a rigid body, which enables it to run up walls and along ceilings and floors. They have as few as four pairs of legs when hatched, but gain a new pair with each molting. They live anywhere from three to seven years, depending on the environment.
The body is yellowish grey and has three dark-colored dorsal stripes running down its length; the legs also have dark stripes.
House centipedes feed on spiders, termites, cockroaches, silverfish and other household pests. They do not cause damage to food or furniture. They kill their prey by injecting venom through their poison fangs and then feasting on the dead prey. For this reason, house centipedes are considered among the most beneficial creatures that inhabit human dwellings, but because of their alarming appearance few homeowners are willing to share a home with them.
It is difficult for a house centipede to bite a human, and the effect is approximately that of a bee sting. It can cause problems for those allergic to the toxin.
The head is on the left in this shot - difficult to tell. The antennae and rear legs are longer than the body.
PP cropped, color cast removed.

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Impressive shot! The head is very visible, no problem discerning it at all. I am fascinated with all those leg-joints!

The only thing I would have liked to see is the top of the antennae and the tips of the hind legs, so that the centipede would have been complete.

But, good DOF, nice composition and very sharp. Well done!

Hi Greg,
Very good shot of an impressive creature. Contrast, colors and POV are perfect.
TFS, cordially,
Jean-Patrick

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-11 14:38]

Animal muito interessante!

Great detail and a very informative note. I may be a bit more tolerant in the future. Well done.

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