The Alleged Florida Bumblebee Millipede Impostor

While there are a lot of anadenobolus monilicornis lookalike species out there (and I've been seeing a LOT in Mexico), I feel comfortable in putting this to bed at least locally.

I captured a female anadenobolus monilicornis of standard appearance, and homed her with a male with darker coloration. They were both young upon capture, and for many months before and after the male there have been no sign of babies, so I am comfortable in saying I believe my female was a virgin and therefore all sperm is from her current partner.

Today I found a couple very young babies in the enclosure! Successful mating makes me confident that these are in fact the same species, so if we accept the female is anadenobolus monilicornis, then so is the male.

For disclosures sake, they do have a roomate, a male flatbacked millipede from out of state. If he managed to breed with my female that would be absolutely unheard of. I'm certain he is not the father. (I actually showed these two to the person who gave me the flatback, and was told it was just color variance, which now I am sure of)

Anotado por kuchipatchis kuchipatchis, octubre 03, jueves 03:31

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Milpies de Bandas Amarillas Anadenobolus monilicornis

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kuchipatchis

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Junio 29, 2019 02:13 PM EDT

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10/2/19 EDIT - great news! they had babies so the species is confirmed!

here is the baby:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33783484

there has been talk of the possibility of an anadenobolus monilicornis lookalike, and i wonder if i have one here.

you can see i have two millipedes of similar size/age here, one is definitely anadenobolus monilicornis. it has the signature red antennae and legs, yellow banding that is slightly on the green end of yellow, and the butt spike. the other millipede, on the other hand, has dark antennae and legs (i cannot tell if they are dark wine or black or what), darker yellow banding that looks more than a little on the orange side, and a different looking butt spike.

just conspecific variance? or different species?

id love input

feel free to ask for more pictures, im keeping both of these

location accurate, both were collected in same location. date reflects date of photo taken, not date of collection. not marking as captive because they were both wild-collected even if i am keeping them

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Milpies de Bandas Amarillas Anadenobolus monilicornis

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kuchipatchis

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Octubre 2, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

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BABY
born in captivity, enclosure contains a m/f pair of bumblebees, and one male flatback not found locally

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So cool!!! Breeding millipedes for science :-)

Anotado por joemdo hace 10 meses (Advertencia)
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i guess! i also just think theyre neat

Anotado por kuchipatchis hace 10 meses (Advertencia)

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