Ringbum millipede muncher

Ringbum millipede muncher

Observation - Ringbum millipede muncher - Southern Africa. Description: As the common name implies their favourite food is millipedes, but they also prey upon beetles and termites. The powerful jaws are easily able to crush the exoskeleton of their prey. They hunt singly or in pairs from small colonies of up to 50 individuals

As the common name implies their favourite food is millipedes, but they also prey upon beetles and termites. The powerful jaws are easily able to crush the exoskeleton of their prey. They hunt singly or in pairs from small colonies of up to 50 individuals. They nest deep underground, at about 60cm, with a heap of soil at the nest entrance. The depth of their nests makes any useful involvement in myrmecochory improbable. Sadly we collected them on the trip where our camera collapsed, but they are normally easily photographed. Apologies too for the truncated millipede: I was too idle to draw all those non-1000 legs ...
The jaws and stings suggest that they be handled with care!
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