Help identifying a bug/insect
I am curious about a creature that I have seen a few times in my
area. I live in Placerville, California. It is about 50 miles east
of Sacramento in the foothills. I will try my best to describe the
bug. The body is earth tones, tannish and I think dark brown
stripes. It is long and thin, about 1 to 2 inches I'd say and seems
to be totally surrounded with legs on all sides of it. Kind of daddy-
long leg spider type legs, I think they have a bend like a knee and
they're very long. The creature looks maybe like it could be some
kind of a centipede but I see no jaws on the front. It is difficult
to tell which end is the front until it moves. When it does move, it
is all spindly legs, very creepy! And fast. I suppose maybe two of
the "legs" on the front could be long antennae. It looks like a long
oblong shape with legs all around it. I've seen it three times in
about 10 years, once in a bathtub, once on the kitchen floor, and
just recently in a kitchen sink. I have no idea what class or group
it could be put into, like I said the closest I could get would be
some type of centipede. It just seems to be totally covered in
legs! Maybe someone can identify it and let me know where I can see
pictures of it, or at least provide some good places to search on the
web. Thank you for your assistance!
How about a house centipede? There is a picture of one in the files area of this forum, at:-
For further details see:-
- I believe what you have found is a scutigerid. They are fairly short
centipedes with paler brown markings. They have 15 pairs of very long legs and
at the rear they are much longer than the front. The body is kept straight by
rigid, overlapping plates. The females lay one egg at a time on the ground.
Newly hatched young have 7 pairs of legs. They are very fast running
insectivores. They can grow up to 1 1/4 to 12 inches long.
If you have any questions you can contact me.
EDITORS NOTE: Are there any scutigerids which are native to California
though? I couldnt find any references on the net.