Hundreds of millipedes were crossing Foothills Road last week and, of course, one wondered, “Why did the millipede cross the road?” I’m still seeking an answer. All I’ve learned is there are things called millipede migrations which seem more like millipede explosions. Our lovely monsoon weather has made for a lot of happy millipedes. They are out on the town looking for each other. The males have modified feet that serve as their reproductive organs. Convenient.
Millipedes are among the oldest land mammals. Don’t confuse them with the centipede. They are far gentler and usually vegetarians. Millipedes mostly eat decayed vegetable matter. They do clean up. Sometimes they get out of hand in gardens and eat new growth but mostly they are harmless and fun to look at. Gently poke one and it will roll into a spiral and play dead.