Centipede!

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Stowaway: (noun) One who secretly boards a vehicle (e.g. aircraft or car), to travel without paying and without being detected.

I guess this centipede (Scolopendra polymorpha ?) decided it needed a vacation from the desert! When Stephanie Cobbold arrived back in northern Utah Sunday night with me after our field collecting trip at Portal, she got a bit of a surprise. When she opened her travel bag, a centipede popped out and raced across the floor. After 24 hours, she was able to find, photograph, and preserve it. From tip of tail to tip of antennae, it was about 5.5 inches, or 13 cm!

 

 

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