Spotted snake millipede generally live on dead organic matter. However, some species, including notably Blaniulus guttulatus, also attack cultivated plants, mainly beetroots and potatoes.
Scientific name: Blaniulus guttulatus
Greek name: Μυριάποδα – Μπλανίουλος
In the field or the garden, you spot empty plant positions. Young plants wilt and die. Below ground seeds or seedlings may show eat holes.
Adult spotted snake millipedes are about 20 mm long, light-colored with brownish-red spots on each side. They carry several pairs of legs and when moving they resemble a snake.
Immature forms resemble adults but have fewer pairs of legs.
Infestation of plants is usually a consequence of a prolonged period of drought, when spotted snake millipedes move towards tender plant tissues. Plants that have delayed germination due to cold, wet weather are also at risk.