CEN­TIPEDES

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These many seg­mented crea­tures don’t have the al­lure of brightly-coloured but­ter­flies or cute ladybirds, but as they scut­tle through the soil sur­face they’re search­ing for small worms, woodlice and even slugs. Un­like slower mil­li­pedes, the fast-mov­ing cen­tipede is the gar­dener’s friend. De­spite their name, they rarely have 100 legs. Each seg­ment has a pair of legs and the 57 species in the UK range from hav­ing 15 to 101 pairs of legs, cu­ri­ously the num­ber of seg­ments is al­ways an odd one!

How to help them When the weather’s cold or dry cen­tipedes hide un­der bark or large stones to keep cool and moist. A small stone pile or a rock­ery will give them just the ac­com­mo­da­tion they need to keep them alive in ad­verse con­di­tions.

Cen­tipedes will take shelter in a rock­ery

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