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17/07/2013 at 21:04

Hi i have found alot of orangey, thin worm like things which have loads of legs like a centerpede but, shorter, they are in the soil amongst Potatoes and even though they don't seem to have affected them? i just want to know what they are please? thanks

17/07/2013 at 21:45

If it is quite wriggly and looks like it is having a bit of a heart attack when unearthed it is a snake centipede and, like all centipedes is a FRIEND. Unlike millipedes which are stouter and look a bit plastic-like and are black and will chew through roots like nobody's business. Snake centipedes look sort of sneaky and suspicious but they are goodies.

17/07/2013 at 21:47

Wireworms probably, although they usually eat the potatoes.

17/07/2013 at 21:55

So you can decide which they are - wireworms are solid and dont move very much when touched. Robins love to eat them. Snake centipedes quiver and wriggle and writhe about if you so much as look at them. Wireworms bad(unless you are a robin). Centipedes good.

17/07/2013 at 21:58

Loads of legs would suggest they're not wireworm. I should learn to read properly

17/07/2013 at 21:59

It's the heat

17/07/2013 at 23:03

These are called geophilomorph centipedes. Nothing to worry about and don't touch anything at the allotment - I've got loads myself in the soil.

19/07/2013 at 17:46

This guy?

http://s300.photobucket.com/user/Sableagle/media/Detritus/Centipede.mp4.html

Small predator, eating smaller things ... possibly including red spider mites? Not a herbivore, anyway.

Millipedes are mostly detritivores, i.e. they convert dead leaves and old teabags to good compost, but they may do serious damage to seedlings, so they're a friend in the potato patch or rose bed but not something you want in your seedling trays.

http://blog.hmns.org/tag/detritivores/

22/07/2013 at 18:50

Thanks everyone for clearing up that problem for me

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