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Millipede 1
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota Millipede 2
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Millipedes
Diplopoda
Size: Up to 1 to 1 ½ inches long

Where/When: Prefer damp, cool areas in gardens and are often found under leaves, stones, flower pots and other protected places spring through fall.

Significance: They feed on decaying plant material and occasionally feed on soft plant material such as ripened fruit. Harmless to people.
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