Brown Centipede - Lithobius forficatus
It is a rich chestnut brown animal, between 18 and 30 mm long and up to 4 mm broad. It has 15 pairs of legs, one on each segment.
There are several very similar species but this is the largest Lithobius in Leicestershire and Rutland, typically around 30mm. It is all chestnut brown.
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Various habitats including gardens. It is found in damp places, often under stones.
All year round.
It has a large pair of jaws and preys on smaller creatures.
Very common and widespread across Britain.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland where it has been recorded from over 150 sites.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015