Striped Millipede - Ommatoiulus sabulosus


    This species is a plump cylindrical brown millipede that is easily identified by the pair of ginger stripes along its back. It is one of the largest British millipedes.

    Identification difficulty

    It prefers sandy soils and is often found in the daytime, unlike most other millipedes. It is sometimes found under logs but it also likes to climb and can be seen up walls and in trees, where it also grazes on algae.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Like other millipedes it eats dead and decaying vegetation.

    UK Status

    This species is common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map