Species of the Moment

Leptoiulus belgicus (Latzel, 1844)

A distinctive millipede:  relatively large, well pigmented and with a characteristic thin pale line running along the body. Thus, it may be recognised  from a good habitus photograph. In the 1980s observations were restricted to south west England, but by the 2000s it was also recorded from south Wales with a few records north to the Scottish west coast. In the last decade it begun to penetrate far inland, with isolated sites in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Inland it seems to favour gardens and churchyards, but also in woodland. It probably will be moving into a site near you soon! Read full species account here.

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