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Spotted Snake Milliped Blaniulus guttulatus

Millipedes do not eat just dead plants. Some species eat living ones as well and by doing so can become a pest. The Spotted Snake Millipede can be such a pest. The species can do a lot of harm in potato fields and to sugar beets and such. Also ripening strawberries are regularly attacked. They hate wet conditions though, especially in spring, their mating seasons. After a wet spring only very few Spotted Snake Millipeds are found. Thet prefer heavier soils over sandy ones.

By the way to the left in the middle picture another quite similar species. However its dots are brown in stead of red: Proteroiulus fuscus