The frosty mornings have arrived. Everything from blades of grass to car windows is covered and it’s only just begun. With the dropping temperatures, many of our invertebrate species vanish. The millipede is among them, their long black bodies disappearing from our gardens, and turning up in some unusual places.
To survive the winter, the Black Snake Millipede (one of Britain’s most common species) goes in search of somewhere dark and warm. Here, they will coil up and enter hibernation, where they will spend the rest of the winter. Quite often you can find several millipedes together. They sometimes even enter our houses. If you find any this winter, the best thing to do is take them to the garage or shed and place them there as with our central heating, the rise in temperature can trick these little invertebrates into waking up too early!
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