|Leg count - Chris Barnhart|
Now here is where it gets really interesting. Most Brachcybe spp. exhibit parental care, an unusual finding in invertebrates. The males of most species guard the eggs until they hatch. Youngsteadt's paper has a photograph of a millipede wrapped around a clutch of 24 eggs.
Millipedes are cool and an understudied class of invertebrates commonly found under rotting logs, not as flashy (dare I say charismatic) as a scrambling centipede but a little more dramatic than a helpless earthworm. If this blog has whetted your appetite for more diplopodology, a good place to start is this What-is-this.net link that has extensive information on millipedes in general.
Here was a Halloween special I intended to post earlier. Chris Barnhart had sent me this "Pumpkin Spider", his name for a species known to the rest of the world as a Marbled Orb Weaver, Araneus marmoreus.
|Marbled Orb Weaver - Chris Barnhart|
|Marbled Orb Weaver, postpartum - Found by Courtney Reece - REK|