Which caterpillar is this? It was found in mid Europe during this time (April). Size about 2cm in length. Unknown caterpillar

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    $\begingroup$ That ain't a caterpillar buddy. Thats a millipede. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 15:06
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    $\begingroup$ Caterpillars have six true legs, and only six. That thing looks like it has two pairs of legs per segment, so... like @PrittBalagopal said. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 17:48
  • $\begingroup$ I see. Any idea which kind of millipede it is? I know that there are more than one kind -- but maybe some "popular" one. $\endgroup$
    – frlan
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ "in mid Europe" seems a big vague for me, some more details like country, city and natural habitat would be a bit more helpful. $\endgroup$
    – рüффп
    Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ Actually it's Germany $\endgroup$
    – frlan
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 7:32

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Based on the body structure and double pair of legs per body segment, this is a millipede.

Based on the small size and spacing between body segments, it could possibly be in the Paradoxosomatidae family. You could check by examining the specimen more closely:

Most species possess a groove or furrow ("sulcus") on the dorsal surface between the keels (paranota) on each segment.

Although the color is wrong, this millipede reminds me of the somewhat-cosmopolitan invasive, the Green house millipede (Oxidus gracilis), which is about 1.8 to 2.3 mm long.

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Source: NCSU Plant Disease and Insect Clinic; Credit: Matt Bertone

Due to the color difference, I cannot tell definitively whether this is your species or not. Your poor picture quality makes this more difficult. However, I thought I'd provide this post for you as a jumping off point. good luck!


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