[NAFEX] Thank you.

Michael Dossett phainopepla at yahoo.com
Tue May 10 00:48:17 EDT 2005


I was going to suggest millipedes as well.  I'd say if
you don't notice any damage to your plants I'd leave
them be.

Michael
--- Stephen Sadler <Docshiva at Docshiva.org> wrote:

> Richard, 
> 
>  
> 
> Have they caused any damage?  Without damage, it's
> hard to say they're
> harmful - and they could be beneficial.  Do we yet
> have an id on them?  Are
> they soft like most cutworms?  Have leglets like
> cutworms or other
> caterpillars?  Segmented with firm skin (shell) and
> possessing many wee
> legs, like centipedes or millipedes?  Or are they
> structured more like
> earthworms?  
> 
>  
> 
> Millipedes like the environment you described, fit
> the length and color
> description, will curl up, and they are often taken
> for worms.  They are
> generally beneficial, in that they hasten the
> breakdown of dead or dying
> organic material (fallen leaves and small fruit).  A
> few can be harmful to
> corn and bean seedlings, but others are beneficial
> carnivores.  For the most
> part, control is not necessary, and can lessen the
> health of the garden. 
> 
>  
> 
> Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.
> 
> USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8, 
> 
> Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate
> 
>   _____  
> 
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> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf
> Of Richard MURPHY
> Sent: Monday, May 09, 2005 6:22 PM
> To: nafex
> Subject: [NAFEX] Thank you.
> 
>  
> 
> Thank you to All who answered my question about the
> little dark worms.
> 
>  
> 
> I wasn't sure if they were a beneficial of some
> type.
> 
> They apparently aren't.
> 
> They need to vanish.
> 
>  
> 
> Richard Zone 4
> 
>  
> 
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