I apologize for not having specific names for my pictured millipede specimens; after all, there are numerous species within this large Class of creatures. The large black millipede as illustrated is quite common in Pittsylvania County.
Beginning hikers are somewhat fearful about handling one of these creepy/crawly, worm-like things. However, they are harmless to humans as long as their offensive secretions don't get in contact with a human eye.
These are some of the woodland discoveries that hikers tend to remember.
Copyright © 2006 William T. Hathaway.