Cyanide producing Millipede - Apheloria virginiensis corrugata - Identified via Bugguide.net - Handle with caution!

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When disturbed this Virginia residing Millipede can exude a toxic poison so be sure to wash your hands immediately after handling..... cyanide! Pretty good defensive mechanism. Otherwise they are harmless so there is no need to kill them. Children should not be allowed to handle them as often a child will put things in their mouth.
Beautiful colors and so many legs. More information available via Bugguide.net http://bugguide.net/node/view/97404 about this interesting arthropod.
Photo by Carolyn Hietala http://carolynhietalapaintings.blogspot.com/

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