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If your bug has lots of legs it is a centipede or millipede


Centipedes and millipedes are not insects. They are a type of arthropod called myriapods (mi-ree-ah-pods).

There are about 100 different species of centipede and millipede in Britain. All of them have at least 12 pairs of legs, but there is an easy way of telling the two groups apart.

Take a closer look at your specimen.

If it has a flattened body and one pair of legs per segment - it is a centipede.
If it has a round cross section and two pairs of legs per segment - it is a millipede.

Flattened cross section       Round cross section

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