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House centipedes lay their eggs in spring. In a laboratory observation of 24 house centipedes, an average of 63 and a maximum of 151 eggs were laid. As with many other arthropods, the larvae look like miniature versions of the adult, albeit with fewer legs. Young centipedes have four pairs of legs when they are hatched. They gain a new pair with the first molting, and two pairs with each of their five subsequent moltings. Adults with 15 pairs of legs retain that number through three more molting stages (sequence 4-5-7-9-11-13-15-15-15-15 pairs). They live anywhere from three to seven years, depending on the environment. They can start breeding in their third year. To begin mating, the male and female circle around each other. They initiate contact with their antennae. The male deposits his sperm on the ground and the female then uses it to fertilize her eggs.

House centipedes feed on spiders, bed bugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, ants, and other household arthropods. They administer venom through modified legs. These are not part of their mandibles, so strictly speaking they sting rather than bite. They are mostly nocturnal hunters. Despite their developed eyes they seem to rely mostly on their antennae when hunting. Their antennae are sensitive to both smells and tactile information. They use both their mandibles and their legs for holding prey. This way they can deal with several small insects at the same time. To capture prey they either jump onto it or use their legs in a technique described as "lassoing". Using their legs to beat prey has also been described. In a feeding study, S. coleoptrata showed the ability to distinguish between possible prey. They avoid dangerous insects. They also adapted their feeding pattern to the hazard the prey might pose to them. For wasps, they retreat after applying the venom to give it time to take effect. When the centipede is in danger of becoming prey itself, it can detach any legs that have become trapped. House centipedes have been observed to groom their legs by curling around and grooming them with their forcipules.
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Pilar-Sama Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Professional Artist
I see these constantly in my house, so they must be eating well. They do very quickly lose legs at the slightest provocation, which is a little unsettling to see several discarded legs in a twitching clump. I try to leave them alone because they eat pests, but they do freak me out quite a bit. This photo isn't so alarming because you can actually see its little face lol
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Carnie-Vorex Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Looks as if it has eaten a neat hole through the leaf, spoiling its reputation as a predator, and then realized it was being watched: "Huh? It's not my hole!" :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
LOL... you have a great imagination! :) Do look like what you describe :)
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GabeHash Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
dem jaws!! lol i noticed that before i noticed the legs, house spiders are pretty terrifying as it is XD
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
:) But they are seldom aggressive :)
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GabeHash Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
lol did i sat house spider? i meant house CENTIPEDE ;D
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GabeHash Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
say*
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iambutils Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
perfect shot man!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :)
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catzilla Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Woah, I didn't know they could live that long! Awesome!

I am a supporter of this creature, they're all over New England and I'm always yelling at people not to kill them because they feed on the bugs you REALLY do not want in your house!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :)
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raido-ehwaz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
perfekt dof! beautiful shot.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So wicked, love it!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Catandhearts Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome <3
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Azph Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont know anything about this bug but it looks like it has a hundred legs to much :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
:)
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diskfire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Sweet shot!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Daimera Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
They have the sweetest faces, I swear. I wish we had these here in Hawaii. :c
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
:)
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SkyeGriffith Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Are they hostile to humans at all? They seem to be pretty beneficial.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Nope... they are infact very skittish and run away at lightning speed when disturb in the jungle. We don't have these at homes though...
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catzilla Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
nope, there are claims that they bite, but for the most part I don't believe that they do. I lived in a basement apartment once and saw quite a few of them, but not much of any other bug.
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Desauron Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Love them, im your watcher for life !
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Haha... thank you for your support!!!!!!! :)
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Meisaims Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
We call these little guys "Merrylegs." It's the name of every one we find inside the house.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
What a cute name! :)
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