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


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

UK Map