Question about garden arthropod

Asked June 16, 2020, 9:08 PM EDT

I am attaching an image of several arthropods I have been seeing in my vegetable garden. My hand shears are there for scale. They appear where I find slugs so not sure if they are destructive or just following after slugs, eating detritus left behind. I live 5 mi south of Newport, .25 mi from the coast. Can you tell me what they are and if they are something to be concerned about?

Lincoln County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for the image. The creatures in the image are millipedes.

It's likely you see both slugs and millipedes in the same, or similar, places because both prefer a cool, moist environment. Millipedes are there to help clean-up the dead organic material on the soil surface whereas slugs feed on living plants.