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    Mystery Insect

    Hi,
    Found this walking up the wall the other day - never seen something like this in the house before.

    Any ideas on what it is?

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    Calx. Sure is an Oddity, but I can help you no end: it's not an insect. It has too many legs and body segments. I've seen one once or twice before and I think they're related to centipedes.
    A Google on centipedes yields this link in the first few. http://entomology.unl.edu/images/cen...s/housecnt.jpg
    This one looks close to yours. Am...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calxoddity View Post
    Any ideas on what it is?
    Terrifying?!?!

    Never seen one of these before either. Though I think Am, above, has pretty much nailed it. It is definitely some species of House Centipede. Seems there's a few in Australia, but this one HERE is the most common, although it also mentions a common introduced species too.
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    is a bit of a weird looking creature Considereing the legs I agree centipede family
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    that thing has far too many legs!

    EEK!

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    Appears to be known as a scutigeromorph centipede it appears looking on the net

    http://www.ento.csiro.au/biology/cen...tipedeKey.html - click on the centipede key

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    That centipedey thingy looks downright alien!
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    nice find. I was thinking it looked like a mutant silverfish or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miaow View Post
    Appears to be known as a scutigeromorph centipede it appears looking on the net

    http://www.ento.csiro.au/biology/cen...tipedeKey.html - click on the centipede key
    Thanks for that! I was coming down firmly on the side of alien invasion when I first saw it...

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    Alien invasion sounds right to me, stay well away

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    I have seen these before to 6cm size.

    They are mostly nocturnal and eat other insects. I think they are also known as Roman Shield Bugs, or something similar.

    I had a search on the net but the link in the post above is the most authoritative.

    There are a number of very good insect ID books on the market which deal with Aussie insects. I must one day broaden my library to include more such books.
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    Used to find lots of these as a lad when out looking for other nasties in the bush, creepy thinks, a mate of mine was supposedly bitten by one on the leg and got a nasty reacttion from it, including all the hairs on his leg fell off

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