Invertebrates to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Scotland

Map of Torphins

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland - see the map above. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods.

In the U. K. woods have the highest diversity of invertebrates, because of the varied environments with abundant hiding/nesting places and food. In mixed woodland the diversity is increased as it allows associations between specific trees and plants with invertebrates.

If you have an insect, but are not sure which order it is in you can work your way through the Insect Identification to Order key.

Lithobius sp.

centipede Lithobius sp showing poisonous claws

In the litter layer, compost bins, under stones.

Can be seen all year round.

Length up to 5 cm - the one on the left is just a youngster of 2 cm.

More about Lithobius and other centipedes

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