Ben here with today's edition of #BenInNature!

Ben here with today's edition of #BenInNature!

Ben here with today's edition of #BenInNature! There is an enormous diversity of millipedes in the Appalachians, and I have a hard time telling them apart. Fortunately, I can always pester Dr. Jackson Means, VMNH's resident myriapodologist (millipede expert)! According to Dr. Means, this attractive little fellow is Pseudopolydesmus canadensis.

These millipedes are found in central to northern Appalachia and in the northeast, and they're often found at higher elevations. There are eight to twelve known species in the genus Pseudopolydesmus, and the genus itself belongs to the order Polydesmida, also known as the "flat-backed" millipedes. Because, well, look at 'em.

These little guys are commonly found in leaf litter, and like the vast majority of millipedes, they're vegetarians that feed on decaying plant matter. I found this one in some leaf litter just about two weeks ago, so if you feel like going on a millipede hunt, it's not too late!

You've seen the posts. You've learned the facts. Now, it's time to prove you are a #BenInNature Mega Fan! The museum's education team has developed the #BenInNature Trivia Challenge to identify the most devoted fans out there! Everyone who successfully answers each trivia question correctly will be congratulated by having your own nature selfie posted to the museum's #BenInNature Mega Fan Photo Album on the official VMNH Facebook page! Learn more and download the trivia challenge today by visiting

If you discover something in nature that you would like help identifying, be sure to message us right here on Facebook with a picture (please include location and date of picture) and we'll have our experts help you identify it!

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