Magdalena Zwierzchowska - Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans

Name: Magdalena Zwierzchowska

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Country: Polska 

Title: Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans
Specie: Scolopendra subspinipes

Description: Centipedes are predatory, predominantly carnivorous arthropods. They are mostly nocturnal and prey on a wide variety of creatures, usually insects. Despite the name, centipedes don't have exactly 100 legs. They always possess an odd number of pairs of legs, one for each segment. The last pair extends backwards and can be easily mistaken for antennae or a tail to the untrained eye. First two legs (called forcipules) have a shape resembling pincers and are located right behind the head. It's a characteristic unique to centipedes and absent in other arthropods. Forcipules are used to catch, immobilize and envenom prey. Scolopendra subspinipes is one of the largest species in this category and can grow up to 20 cm in length. It can be found in tropical and subtropical regions of eastern Asia.

Category: Scientific illustration

Technique: Digital painting
Size: 4240×6000 px
Year: 2022