Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening  

Go Back   Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening > Wildlife Gardeners of North America Unite > Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-18-2008, 10:47 PM   #11
Unicellular Fungi
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon
Default

Sounds like a positive for the gardener any thoughts?????

Yes, I think they are harmless decomposers like sowbugs so their castings would be one step closer to fertilizer.

I often have millipedes get into my shop and in their search for escape it seems like they travel on a perfect north compass bearing more often than randomness would suggest........ Is it possible they can sense Earth's magnetic field?
birdwhisperer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 06:41 AM   #12
The Bug Whisperer
 
suunto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe County, WV, USA
Default

Just a few words of advice about this and some similar species: never, never, never, even as a jest, place one of these in your mouth! When threatened, they produce a noxious defensive fluid that contains large amounts of benzoquinones which can irritate eyes or skin. I can personally attest that it is one of the vilest, most bitter substance that I ever have tasted!
suunto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 09:08 AM   #13
Unicellular Fungi
 
TheLorax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Default

How ever did one end up in your mouth?
TheLorax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 10:20 AM   #14
Unicellular Fungi
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheLorax View Post
How ever did one end up in your mouth?
Lorax, never underestimate the craziness that alcohol can induce. The EX-husband of an old friend of mine put one of those giant forest-floor banana slugs in his mouth on a drunken dare, and it put him in the hospital.
birdwhisperer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 10:52 AM   #15
Unicellular Fungi
 
TheLorax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Default

Kids these days! Young and old alike.

I still want to know how one ended up in his mouth!
TheLorax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 04:58 PM   #16
The Bug Whisperer
 
suunto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe County, WV, USA
Default

A group of cavers (me included) were hiking up a hill in central Virginia in search of caves that we knew had to be lurking there. Then in our path, I spied this huge millipede, and as a joke, placed it on my upper lip as a mustache, then curled said lip upward to hold it in place. Thus, when the millipede released its defensive fluid, some entered my mouth. One of my companions had a loaf of bread with him (why, I don't know), and I commandeered most of it in an effort to cleanse my oral cavity. It was hours before my taste sensation returned to normal.
Technically, one could say that alcohol was involved - at that time, our treks to this area involved taking a ritual swig of a particularly nasty liqueur called "Kamakaze Lizard" (it was fluorescent green) before setting out from the parking area - but the ultimate causal factor here was acute stupidity.
Just as an afterthought, there are species of large millipede in the western Pacific region whose secretions can cause severe skin burns as well as temporary blindness should some get in one's eyes.

Last edited by suunto; 12-19-2008 at 04:59 PM. Reason: Omitted a word
suunto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 05:03 PM   #17
Unicellular Fungi
 
TheLorax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Default

Yup, kids!

Bet you have difficulties living that one down Mr. Wannamustacheman!
TheLorax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2008, 05:12 PM   #18
The Bug Whisperer
 
suunto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe County, WV, USA
Default

You got that right!!!! Some things 'friends' never let you forget...
suunto is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dragon, millipede

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2