Teeny Baby Millipedes

Tiny early-instar millipedes found under a rotting log, in the Piedmont of Durham Co., NC, USA. Length about 0.8mm. Most likely in the order Chordeumatida.

Millipedes grow by adding segments (including legs) just before the anal segment up to the for each species characteristic number of body segments. But all start as ‘hexapedes’...” - Franz Janssens | flickr

(photos: Patrick Coin)

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    honey. nobody has all their legs at birth… you grow them one segment at a time.
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    They GROW ENTIRE SEGMENTS?! That’s real fucking metal. Could you imagine just starting out with a few body parts and...
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