The centipede is in the house….

I went to bed late last night (big surprise). And my lateness became even later when I found this guy in the bathroom sink. I’ve tried photographing these guys before, but they are usually too fast, and like dark crevices. This time, he found himself trapped in the slippery porcelain of the sink, which also doubles as a great reflective source for a camera flash! So, quick — grab the camera!

The House Centipede [Scutigera coleoptrata] is not an attractive creature. Lots of legs, and very fast. While they have the potential to bite, their jaws are rarely strong enough to pierce human skin. And they do a spectacular job of getting rid of other household pests. The are unattractive, yet helpful.