Anadenobolus monilicornis

Anadenobolus monilicornis, known as the yellow-banded millipede or bumble bee millipede, is a species of millipede in the family Rhinocricidae. It is native to the Caribbean and has also been introduced to the southeastern United States.[2]

Anadenobolus monilicornis
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A. monilicornis in defensive position
Yellow Banded Millipedes (Anadenobolus monilicornis) near porch light at night in South Miami, Florida
Scientific classification
A. monilicornis
Binomial name
Anadenobolus monilicornis
(von Porat, 1876)[1]


Individuals are dark brown with distinctive yellow bands, and measure 2.5–3 centimetres (1.0–1.2 in) long. The legs and antennae are red.[3]

Ecology and behaviourEdit

This species inhabits leaf litter. Birds and captive monkeys have been observed crushing these millipedes and rubbing their secretions on their wings or fur, probably to repel insects.[3]


This species is native to the Caribbean: it is found in Brazil, Suriname, Guyana, and on Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Maarten, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Haiti.[4][5]

This species has been introduced to southern Florida, where it can occur in large numbers but is not considered a pest.[3]


  1. ^ "Anadenobolus monilicornis (von Porat, 1876)". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Anadenobolus monilicornis
  3. ^ a b c "Yellow-banded millipede (Anadenobolus monilicornis)" (PDF). Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. August 2006.
  4. ^ Pérez-Asso, A. R.; D. E. Pérez-Gelabert (2001). "Checklist of the millipeds (Diplopoda) of Hispaniola" (PDF). Boletín de la S.E.A. 28: 67–80.
  5. ^ Chamberlin, Ralph V. (1918). "The Chilopoda and Diplopoda of West Indies". Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology: 151–262. Retrieved 15 October 2013.