Millipede Invasion


Millipede, Chamberlinius hualienensis

More powerful than a locomotive!   No, not superman. Millipedes!

The millipede, Chamberlinius hualienensis, is a native of Taiwan. It was accidentally introduced to Okinawa, Japan in 1983 and has become invasive. In Kyushu, Japan it has become a pest. Swarms invade homes. Some large populations swarm train tracks. In one instance, crushed millipedes caused a train to lose traction and stopped the train with their slime.   Who could have predicted?

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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