Millipedes. Love ‘em, hate ‘em, they sure are fascinating. The creepy crawlies are a horror movie staple and for good reason. With a menacing look and more feet than any creature should have, millipedes are a shortcut for any filmmaker looking to give people the willies.
Most are completely harmless to humans, though! Well, mostly harmless, anyway. Many species aren’t toxic at all, and the ones that are can at best cause mild allergic reactions. The order to which the species below belongs is a different story.
Every single one of them is believed to produce cyanide as a defense mechanism. Yeesh. So, if you do happen across this little guy in the forests of Northern Mexico, maybe head in the other direction.
This is Pararhachistes potosinus. The bright blue color is thought to be a warning.
A warning to whom? Potential predators, of course.
Anyone that might try and make a snack out of this beautiful creature is in for a rude awakening.
Also known as the Blue Cloud Forest millipede, they may not be a distinct species from others in Pararhachistes, but nobody’s bothered to check!
Genetic study of forest-dwelling, cyanide-producing nightmare fuel isn’t in high demand, apparently.
In any event, many people consider Pararhachistes potosinus to be the most beautiful millipede.
We’re not sure winning a beauty contest is top on this critter’s list of priorities, but it is pretty amazing to look at!
H/T: Bored Panda