Apheloria virginiensis corrugata
Brush Mountain (Montgomery County, VA)
This particular millipede oozes cyanide to deter predators
Just a few months ago, I moved to the mountains of Appalachia and beautiful Blacksburg, Virginia to start research and teaching at Virginia Tech in the Department of Entomology. Over the past few months, I’ve been teaching Insect Biology and building a new laboratory devoted to the discovery and description of new species and the evolution of bioluminescence. In the coming months, we will launch several new research projects studying the origins of luminescence in millipedes and biodiversity of arthropods in the Appalachian Mountains. Feel free to stop by the lab and visit!