We just received a message via our Facebook page from a reader who has been finding some curious creatures in her living room. She also included a photo that shows a segmented, light brown critter with plenty of bristly legs and antenna. Our initial assumption is that this is either a centipede or millipede, due to the segments, legs, and antennae. However, the specimen doesn’t really look like either of these, so we want to explore some other options.
Centipedes are often darker in color, and have more distinct individual legs than the creature in the photo. Millipedes are also darker, and generally have thinner bodies. Therefore, we are pretty sure it is neither of these.
We think she may have found a polychaete, commonly known as a bristle worm. The worm in the photo resembles a bristle worm quite closely, and that is the basis for our guess. However, bristle worms are generally a marine species, and it isn’t likely that bristle worms would make a home in an indoor residential environment.
Despite the wonderful photo our reader sent, we are unable to make identification. We think this creature could possibly be a millipede or a bristle worm, but we aren’t positive about either. We encourage other readers to comment with any ideas they have!
To conclude, a reader sent us a photo of a critter she came across in her living room. Unfortunately, we aren’t sure what it might be, but we provided a couple guesses.