In this article, you will learn about who such a drupe is, where it lives, what it feeds on, and other interesting details of its existence. Very often people are afraid of insects. It is said that this fear has been preserved on a subconscious level since ancient times, when these representatives of nature were of enormous size and could really scare. If we look closely at insects, for example, through a microscope, it turns out that they look like monsters. Not an exception and drupe ordinary.
Do not be afraid
It has a brownish body color (there are also reddish individuals), 15 pairs of long paws, 40 convex ocelli located on the sides of the head. Common drupe - millipede, as well as skolopendra, so they are somewhat similar. Therefore, upon meeting her, you might think that she could sting, but this is not so. Drugs common eats insects and does not touch the person, even if he tries to catch her. In the spring, this centipede begins to be active before other insects. Therefore, it has the opportunity to feast on such a delicacy as the caterpillars, spiders and other large insects that have not abandoned the winter numbness, with which it would not cope in the warm season. What else does Scolopendra have in common? Respiratory system. These insects have lateral spiracles located in special body segments through which air enters the trachea.
How does it look
The body of the drupe is flat. At length, it reaches about 3 cm. The brisk and flat millipede quickly hides from danger in the narrowest crevices. Moreover, the world around her she sees poorly, despite the large number of eyes. Best of all, the drupe is touch-oriented, and for this, there are many tactile hairs on its limbs. The surrounding space she feels also with the help of antennae. Interestingly, the last two pairs of legs of this insect play the role of antennae, when it has to move backward, fleeing from enemies. They feel the road. The extra sentiment that the centipede uses to move around and get food is the sense of smell. Just like other insects, there is a drupe, an ordinary respiratory organs.
You can meet this insect both in nature and in homes. And they can be got not only in private ownership, but also in the ordinary apartment at which the increased humidity is present. The neighborhood is unpleasant, but not dangerous, as the drupe is a weak insect and is unable to injure human skin. In nature, they live in rotting stumps, in a bed of leaves and grass, under the bark of logs, under stones. That is, where it is damp. Here they hunt other insects. Deep in the soil, the stone mine does not bury, but it does not even surface. Prefers to lead nocturnal lifestyle. To survive the winter these centipedes come together in large groups. To defeat another insect and then eat it, the drupe uses poison that is in its jaws. To escape from the enemy, the centipede is ready to sacrifice its limb, like a lizard with its tail.
It is interesting that, despite the fact that the drupe cannot be called pretty, some people catch it and keep it as a pet. Perhaps they have some scientific, research interest, and maybe a simple human curiosity. Caring owners try to create suitable conditions for the drupes. Put in a special container filled with peat and equipped with a rotten snake. Experts recommend providing one drupe a territory of 9 centimeters. Feed them with available insects. Some owners even manage to achieve such favorable conditions that the drupes begin to multiply.
Waiting for babies
In nature, the mating of these insects occurs after hibernation. The initiator of the relationship is a male. He preliminarily prepares the “marriage bed” in the form of a web woven by himself, on which he lays spermatophore. Now it only remains to invite the female. The male drupe "invites" her into the nest, tapping her antennae. Moving along the web, the female collects the spermatophore on the legs, from which it enters the sexual opening. Having laid eggs, the female takes care of them. It collapses into a ring around future offspring and releases mucus that protects it from drying out. Babies are born with only 7 pairs of legs, but they grow quickly and soon reach the size of their parents.
In this article, we talked about how the common drupe lives. Breath can intercept from the one who sees this insect at home. But if you know that these centipedes are useful, for example, by eating cockroaches, then you begin to treat them completely differently.