09.22.2022 Wood Splitter’s Delight

Well maybe not all wood splitters but this one was happy to find these and get a nice shot of the two peacefully, I think, coexisting under the bark of some of my firewood that I was prepping for the nearing heating season. Quite often the bark falls off the wood after it has dried for a while or pops off under the stress of being split.

Beetle larva (poss. Canada Fire-colored Beetle-Dendroides canadensis ) and Millipede (poss. Ophyiulus pilosus found under deadwood bark.  I’ve been finding beetle larvae under my firewood bark for years but this is the first time for this species and I hope to see the colorful adult one of these days.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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15 Responses to 09.22.2022 Wood Splitter’s Delight

  1. shoreacres says:

    Uh… no. I can’t bring myself to click any ‘like’ button for these. Spiders, snakes, alligators, and assorted bugs/beetles/flies are just fine, but these creep me out: especially the millipedes.

    That said, your photo shows one feature that I learned helps to distinguish centipedes from millipedes. Millipedes have two pair of legs per body segment, and they show up nicely in your photo.

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  2. Two for the price of one. How auspicious.

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  3. I’m kinda with Linda on this one. Millipedes I don’t mind, they always just seem so intent on their business, I bend over and can hear them saying “Left, Right, Left, Right…” to keep all those feet in synch. But that squishy grubby one, er, can’t help it, brings on the yuck response.

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    • I’m getting to the point where I have to think about which foot goes where and when. I have to admit the first time I saw a similar grub I was a bit grossed out but I’ve developed an appreciation of them. Now if I could just find an adult.

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    Nice! A couple of friends hanging out at the wood pile. I love the look of that beetle larvae, not something I’ve seen.

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  5. ‘Ick’ is right … ICK!

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