The Uninvited Centipede

04 May

Look what walked into my house last night


Critters that creep into my home become our next Science lesson.

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No, we weren’t going to dismember him bit by bit,

although, in my pre-homeschooling days, I would have had him squashed for sure.

But homeschoolers think differently.

To us, a wayward bug is a learning opportunity,

particularly if you are a mother of boys.

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Which end of the centipede do you think is the venomous end?

Nope, it’s not the back end. Its ‘fangs’ legs are up beside its head.

And they can give quite a nasty sting, something we planned to avoid at all costs.

We read that the pain lasts for many hours, sometimes up to days.

Yikes. Most unpleasant.

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Oh course you know that centipedes don’t actually have 100 legs, as their name implies.

In fact it has between 30 and 96.

(We could find very little consensus about the upper figure).

It’s also a carnivorous predator,

so the decision was made to keep the critter overnight and find it some food in the morning.

We thought it would be pretty cool to watch how he eats.

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So we set our centipede on the kitchen bench in our insect catcher

to wait for morning to find him a bug.


just before bed, we returned and found



We aren’t sure,

but our guess is that he managed to use the plastic ‘tree’ in the catcher

to scale his way to the air holes

where he squeezed his body through for his escape.

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But no one cared how at that time.

There was a venomous centipede loose somewhere in my house!

It’s at times like these when it’s irrelevant that you are a mother of boys.

I am a girl so I climbed on the nearest chair

and a desperate search was started by my men.

How far can one centipede get,

in who knows how long?!

Would we find him before bed or would I have to sleep (or try to sleep)

with the knowledge that a centipede was roaming free in my house?!!!!

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Thankfully we found him.

He crawled out from under a bookshelf, a little fluffy-looking,

and we quickly caught him.

This time he was NOT, under any circumstances, remaining in my house,

not even in the name of Science!

We had observed him ENOUGH!


So, today, instead, we wrote about centipedes from what we learned in books.

There’s something to be said about the merits of book learning

rather than real life experiences.







Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Science


4 responses to “The Uninvited Centipede

  1. Petra

    May 4, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I’m with you – get that thing out of the house 🙂

    • Tracey

      May 4, 2015 at 7:49 am

      He was so close to finding himself under a shoe!!

  2. Jen

    May 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Ew, ew, ew!!! I have six boys and I have a feeling that there may have been some observing but it most definitely would have been squished after that! 😀

  3. Kris N Bella Fraser

    May 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    You are awesome – we have a collection of insects – all dead when found 🙂


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