Garden Centipedes

The Symphyla are small, translucent, eye-less, vegetarian centipede-like creatures that live in the soil. Early instar symphylans only have 6 pairs of legs, but by gaining an extra pair of legs at each moult, the adults have a total of 12 pairs. They continue to moult after reaching adulthood, but no longer gain any more legs at each successive moult. There are only about 200 known species worldwide.

Cheshire, England - August 2009