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Beginners Guide to Centipedes

Sat 26th March 2022 | 10:00 – 16:00

Beginners Guide to Centipedes
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Venue:Herefordshire Archive and records Centre
Address:Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, Hereford HR2 6LA
Tutor:Paul Richards
Cost:Free

Contact: Tim Kaye

Focus on the ecology and characteristics of Centipedes (Chilopoda) and the UKs 50 species.

The multi-limbed ‘Myriapods’ are, as the name suggests, creatures with a myriad of legs. But that is largely where the similarity ends. The various members of the myriapoda are quite diverse and show a wide range of forms and life histories. The fast moving or highly flexible centipedes are voracious predators and the slower, bull-dozing millipedes are decomposers. Both are important and beneficial components of soil and leaf litter ecosystems, eating pests and breaking down plant material. Through illustrated talks, microscope investigation and field practice, these two courses will dig into the detail of their life histories and how to identify many of the local species.

Day one will introduce the Myriapoda and then focus on the ecology and characteristics of Centipedes (Chilopoda). The 50 centipede species found in Britain look superficially very similar and identification can offer some initial difficulties for the beginner, but a few simple pointers and the ability to count up to 100 will help you to quickly get to grips with recognising many species!

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