Image of a brown house centipede looking straight at the camera.

House Centipedes Are Your Friends

Once upon a time, I was living in a music studio in Cambridge Massachusetts. It was an old brick building from the early to mid 1900s that used to be an electrical supply store. At the time that I lived there, it had become quite the musical hub for local artists.

The place was alive with musical activity and I wrote a lot of songs in that building. There were three floors of rehearsal rooms and a few recording studios too. There was even a radio station broadcasting off of the 3rd floor. I hung out with a lot of fun people while living there. But besides the people, from time to time I found myself hanging out with a very interesting insect too...

My music studio where I might see a house centipede from time to time.
 
One of my rehearsal spaces at EMF in Cambridge Massachusetts.
 
I remember one morning waking up in my rehearsal space and seeing a beautiful yet slightly intimidating centipede crawling on my wall. I had seen centipedes in the wild before, but it wasn't something I was used to seeing indoors. I learned that it was called a house centipede. I also learned that most people I talked to about them hated them. Their hatred was typically unfounded and usually revolved around how they looked and how fast they moved more than anything. But the truth is, house centipedes are actually a beneficial housemate to have living with you.

Image of a House Centipede photographed by @ms.hinsy on Instagram.

Photo by @ms.hinsy

Now I'm not talking about living in an environment overran with house centipedes. And I have never heard of such a scenario either. Typically, the people I talked to about house centipedes would only see one every so often in their bedroom or somewhere else in their house.

House centipedes are virtually harmless to humans. They also feed off of other bugs that might be in your house such as cockroaches, termites, and silverfish. They don't create nests or webs, and really they just roam around like a Roomba vacuum looking for food, aka other bugs. Therefore, it's best to get comfortable cohabiting with house centipedes and to learn to appreciate their value and existence in your life.

Image of a House Centipede photographed by @jose.alza.dsn on Instagram.

Photo by @jose.alza.dsn

House centipedes have since become one of my personal favorite bugs. My encounter with them has reminded me of how much illusionary fear, disgust, and contempt exists in the world toward all kinds of arthropods and other invertebrates. From this realization sprung the idea to start Whole Lotta Bugs.

With Whole Lotta Bugs, it is my hope and pleasure to raise awareness and appreciation for arthropods (bugs). Through macro photography, people can see the intricate beauty within the wonderful world of bugs up close and personal. Yet, they can also admire them from a distance where they feel safe while they are learning to love them.

Combined with the photography, I hope to share knowledge about the bugs you find here and to shine some light on their importance within the ecosystem. But the rule of thumb is, even if you don't know exactly why a certain invertebrate exists, the fact that they do should be enough of a reason for you to respect them.

Image of a House Centipede photographed by @bennygokey on Instagram.

Photo by @bennygokey

Whole Lotta Bugs started on Instagram, and this website is the newest addition to the community. I hope it helps to bring photographers and bug lovers together and to encourage them, along with the world, in a positive way. Soon, I hope to create a marketplace where photographers can sell their work and get it out into the public. Hopefully in doing all of this, together we will make the world a kinder place for all of the little creatures that we share it with.

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