Reproductive biology

House Centipede Bites Humans

Most species have separate sexes, but some are partheno-genetic (female clones) throughout parts of their geographic range. Males have courtship rituals to entice the female to pick up a spermatophore, which is deposited on a web spun by the male in all centipedes, except Scutigeromorpha. A male initiates courtship, tapping the female's posterior legs with his antennae this tapping ritual may last many hours. The female touches the web with the posterior end of her body so that the...