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Tennessee | United States


Bark Centipede (Centipede)


Scolopocryptops sexspinous



Entry Last Edited: 08/09/2022 | Content ©www.BugsOfTennessee.com

Insect Order

SCOLOPENDROMORPHA
Scolopendromorpha is one of four major orders of centipedes found across North America, each differentiated by obvious and subtle physical characteristics. Overall, centipedes follow the same basic design in having a head and body section, the body being typically flat and multi-segmented. The segments are where the centipede derives its name ("100 Foot") as each holds a pair of legs in the arrangement (which can vary from species to species). Centipedes can be found both indoors and outdoors, hidden and in plain sight.


Taxonomy

The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Scolopocryptops sexspinous.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Chilopoda
Order: Scolopendromorpha
Family: Scolocrytopidae
Genus: Scolopocryptops
Species: sexspinous


Characteristics

Outdoor insect icon
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.


Description

The Bark Centipede has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:

long    large    fast    multi-legged    outdoors    segmented    red    brown    yellow    orange


Sighting Guide

The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.

41F
JAN
44F
FEB
53F
MAR
62F
APR
70F
MAY
78F
JUN
80F
JUL
79F
AUG
73F
SEP
62F
OCT
52F
NOV
44F
DEC

Size

Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Bark Centipede. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.

Lowest-Low:
0.98 inches
(25 mm)
Highest-High:
1.97 inches
(50 mm)


Identifying Colors

Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Bark Centipede. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.

ORANGE
BROWN
RED
YELLOW


Tennessee County Reach

The Bark Centipede can be found in the following Tennessee counties:

Anderson; Bedford; Benton; Bledsoe; Blount; Bradley; Campbell; Cannon; Carroll; Carter; Cheatham; Chester; Claiborne; Clay; Cocke; Coffee; Crockett; Cumberland; Davidson; De Kalb; Decatur; Dickson; Dyer; Fayette; Fentress; Franklin; Gibson; Giles; Grainger; Greene; Grundy; Hamblen; Hamilton; Hancock; Hardeman; Hardin; Hawkins; Haywood; Henderson; Henry; Hickman; Houston; Humphreys; Jackson; Jefferson; Johnson; Knox; Lake; Lauderdale; Lawrence; Lewis; Lincoln; Loudon; Macon; Madison; Marion; Marshall; Maury; McMinn; McNairy; Meigs; Monroe; Montgomery; Moore; Morgan; Obion; Overton; Perry; Pickett; Polk; Putnam; Rhea; Roane; Robertson; Rutherford; Scott; Sequatchie; Sevier; Shelby; Smith; Stewart; Sullivan; Sumner; Tipton; Trousdale; Unicoi; Union; Van Buren; Warren; Washington; Wayne; Weakley; White; Williamson; Wilson


Bark Centipede Picture (1)

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Image of an adult Bark Centipede at rest.; Credit: Arch B. of Georgia.
This image is original to www.InsectIdentification.org; Used with Permission.

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