Geophilus insculptus


This is a long (up to 40 mm) earth centipede or wire worm and is pale yellow in colour with a darker head. It has between 45 and 53 pairs of legs.

Identification difficulty

In the upper layer of the soil, under stones etc.

When to see it

All year round

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map