Friday 22nd May
Common Name: Bumblebee Millipede
Scientific Name: Anadenobolus monilicornis
Size: Large juvenile
Status: Captive Bred
Food: Millipedes feed on fruit, vegetables & leaf litter.
A very pretty, small but brightly coloured millipede. They originate from Florida. Approximate adult size up to 5cm.
How I keep mine
I keep my Bumblebee millipedes in a plastic box but a fish tank would work just as well. I buy the boxes from Wilko or Tesco and make air holes in the lid with a soldering iron, a great little tool for burning the right size holes through plastic. I use peat or coir on the base and add leaf litter (Oak, Beech or other hard woods) and pieces of rotten wood (these millipedes really like rotten wood and will often burrow into the crevices). The Bumblebee millipedes seem to eat mostly the decaying leaves and wood but I do occasionally add a little fruit/vegetables, especially apple and cucumber. I sometimes add a little cuttlefish or powdered calcium carbonate which I am told is good for their growth. This species is easy to keep and breed, warmth and humidity are important. I use a small heat mat and ensure there is not too much ventilation. If you are housing the millipedes in a fish tank you made need to cover some of the air holes with cling film so that the cage does not dry out. I rarely mist my millipedes as I find they get enough moisture from the leaf litter.
Bumblebee Millipede (Anadenobolus monilicornis) Large juvenile
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