Banded Centipede - Lithobius variegatus


    A reddish brown centipede with purple bands on its legs and centrally along its back.

    Similar Species

    Whilst broadly similar to other Lithobius centipedes, the banded legs help to distinguish it.

    Identification difficulty

    It lives under stones or in decaying vegetation, often in compost heaps.

    When to see it

    All year round - It emerges at night to hunt.

    Life History

    It is predatory on other ground-dwelling creatures and can tackle prey larger than itself.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map