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I noticed lots of these under my potted plants, I've never seen them before, are they harmful to my plants
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On Mon, 14 May 2018 13:22:39 +0100, kerrygirl
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I noticed lots of these under my potted plants, I've never seen them
before, are they harmful to my plants


Very difficult to see what it is in that picture, but I think it's a
centipede. A much bigger picture would give a better idea. If it's
brown, lots of segments to its body, with a pair of legs on each
segment, and moves about fairly quickly, then it's likely to be a
centipede. If so then it's going to be beneficial to your plants, as
they live on other, slower-moving insects, that may in turn be harmful
to your plants.

As a rule of thumb, I take the view that plants don't move around much
(except Ents in 'The Lord of the Rings'. Oh yes, and Triffids, as in
'The day of the etc.' by John Wyndham!). So things that eat your
plants don't have to move very fast to get their lunch, and slugs and
snails can browse away on your lettuces, as your lettuces aren't going
anywhere. But things that eat things that eat your lettuces have to
move faster than their prey, in order to get *their* lunch. Ergo, fast
moving insects eat slower moving insects which eat stationary stuff,
such as lettuces.

I hope that's clear!

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Thanks Chris, they don't have legs, I know the ones you mean. These wriggle to the right and left when touched. I will try to get a better photo
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I take back what I said, they do have legs. I hope these photos are clearer
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On 14/05/2018 13:22, kerrygirl wrote:
I noticed lots of these under my potted plants, I've never seen them
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I see three things, none of which are centered in the image. One could
be a bit of wool, a worm, a centipede or a millipede. Another could be a
leatherjacket or vine weevil larva, which is not good news. The third is
so small it could be anything. I need a _much_ better 'photo.

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I take back what I said, they do have legs. I hope these photos are
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From the twin pairs of legs, I'd say millipede rather than centipede

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On Mon, 14 May 2018 23:00:55 +0100, kerrygirl wrote:


I take back what I said, they do have legs. I hope these photos are
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That's a millipede.

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I take back what I said, they do have legs. I hope these photos are
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As others have said, a millipede. They have soft mouths and mostly eat
dead and decaying organic matter although they can damage small
seedlings. Not generally something to be worried about.

See https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=801

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On 14/05/2018 23:00, kerrygirl wrote:
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They are millipedes and mainly consume dead vegetation rather than live
plants but they are vegetarian. The bigger faster orange ones centipedes
are carnivorous and are actually beneficial since they eat pest insects.

Apart from new seedlings they are not a threat to established plants and
mainly tidy things up by consuming dead leaves.

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Well that's a relief and I've also learned something new. Thank you all for replying. Great people here.


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Well that's a relief and I've also learned something new. Thank you all
for replying. Great people here.


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You mean 'great people on uk.rec.gardening', which is simply
plagiarised by Gardenbanter who just copy and repost everything that
is posted here! Without us on uk.rec.gardening, Gardenbanter would
probably collapse. :-)

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On 14/05/2018 23:00, kerrygirl wrote:
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These are millapedes, probably the ones from Portugal, they do eat plant
material but generally its dead stuff, they don't do a lot of damage and
its not worth trying to get rid of them

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