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Common names: Garden Centipede
Scientific name (Class): Chilopoda
Region: Throughout North America and Europe
Life cycle: Numerous generations per year. The adults spend the winter in the soil.
Physical Description: These Centipedes grow to 2 - 6 inches long. They are reddish-brown, have a flattened body and many legs. The number of legs a centipede has is dependent on the species and age. Fully grown Centipedes have 30 legs (15 pair). If there are less, it's because it's not an adult.
Feeding characteristics: Centipede are voracious predators of other insects and play a beneficial role in the garden.
Controls: Centipedes are predators and play a beneficial role in the garden. Their activities should be encouraged in the organic garden.
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