I wish this photo was in better focus, but you go to the blog with the photos you have, to paraphrase.
#2 Son, Adam, spotted this little millepede among the leaf litter when we were returning from our visit to the Experiment on our last visit to Roundrock. Rain had fallen only hours before, and I suspect that brought more activity to the forest floor. Or it may simply have been the stronger eyes of the young that spotted what is always there.
I think this might be Apheloria virginiensis, though the photo (and my skills) don’t serve the purpose of identification very well. If it is this particular millepede, then it was fortunate that we did not handle it (aside from brushing some of the fallen leaves aside). These millepedes can secrete a cyanide compound as a defense mechanism.
We left the millepede to escape in the leaf litter and continued with our chores for the day. It makes me think, though, that I should crouch more often in the forest, with a stick in one hand and a camera in the other (a camera I can focus better), and stir up the leaf litter to see what I might see.
- Listen for migrating birds during evening hours.