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蜈蚣 Scolopendra along the garden perimeter -- likely Scolopendra subspinipes | by kafka4prez
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蜈蚣 Scolopendra along the garden perimeter -- likely Scolopendra subspinipes

forcibles venemous, clamping harmonious

scolopendra eats bats if it can catch them

clamps on to humans when taunted.

best left to hunting on its own

 

Should scolopendra find itself under the blade of my shovel

would be no worse fate than that it receives at temples,

excepting that the blade brings death swift

while temple stayers lock the centipedes in buckets, or nail them to the walls

 

left on its own, the beast could live for ten years

this one lives immortally on flickr, blurry as it may be

for I zoomed in the camera because

Scolopendra is a beast of nightmares and I wanted to stay far away

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Taken on November 12, 2011