Pill millipede's self defence mechanism

We know several insects, animals and other creatures adopting various techniques to protect themselves from possible dangers. Tortoise hiding itself under its shell, chameleons camouflaging are few such examples. In this post I’m showing another such example, of an unnamed centipede, found in Kodachadri hills off Kollur, Udupi District.

We found this creature crossing our path and clicked a snap.
I touched it with a leaf and it immediately coiled to form a ball. In that spherical shape it could have rolled down the hill and escaped easily (though that’ll be difficult with eyes hidden inside), but it stood still for a minute.
Later it slowly unwinds, checking if everything is safe.
If you know specific name of this species, please share. Centipede and millipede are the smaller variants.

Update: Name of this insect is Pill Millipede or Pill bug (Thanks to Namratha) More about this insect on wikipedia

20 comments:

  1. Difficult to believe that the sphere is the same insect, looks beautiful!

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  2. Its a pill millipede (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pill_millipede) - found via google :)

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  3. Namratha, thanks for the trouble. I've updated the post with credit to you.

    Logesh,
    Where were u all these days?

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  5. Russian for:Hi! With pleasure esteemed blog. I also want to congratulate you and all readers of this blog with the new 2010. Good luck to all, the new life of victory and fulfillment of all your plans..

    Желаю вам то же самое. как тебя зовут? (wish you the same. what is your name?)

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  8. Хороший сайт. Так держать!!!

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  10. Хорошо написал. Так держать!!! :)

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  11. +1 поддерживаю

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  12. А у Вас талант писателя прям :)

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  13. Nice to receive these harmless and seemingly appreciative russian comments.. (translation below) but too many of them, without any identity is not good. Further russian language comments will not be approved if submitted without a name

    And as the blog can earn? I have a blog about playing the guitar. But there people a day not a lot of walking ... people 20. We can make it something?


    +1 Support


    And you have the talent of the writer directly:)


    Приятно получать такие безвредные и, казалось бы признательна Русский комментариев .. (перевод ниже), но слишком многие из них, без какой-либо личности не хорошо. Дальнейшее комментариев русский язык не будет одобрено, если представленные без названия

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  15. I also came across such a creature in Uttara Kannada near Magodu falls, which behaved in similar fashion. I have also photographed the same in exact sequence,during 2008. The similarities are striking!

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  16. Hebbar Sir,

    great minds think (and photograph) alike :)

    Thanks for visiting

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  17. This species is yet to get the taxonomic name and is endemic to western ghats . loved the pics

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  18. hello,
    my name is Ambarish c.n inspire fellow of DST, mangalore university.currently i am working on this animal and belongs it class diplopoda,orderSphaerotheriida and genus Arthrosphaera, endemic to western ghat and west coast of india and i want to know which season you have taken this photo and if you have any other details can i get to search wether it is a new speies or already described by pocock and attems.thank you

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