It’s always gratifying to spot a new inhabitant of our little urban ecosystem. I think it’s indicative of a healthy garden, that allows a lot of plant and insect species to co-exist and keep the system in equilibrium.
Today we spotted a particularly colorful new-comer: the almond-scented millipede.
Its native habitat are the West Coast’s moist forests and its range extends from California to Alaska. As a decomposer it chews up needles and other dead plant material and recycles it into soil. It looks like we’ve made good progress in building up the soil organic matter content in our garden.