TODAY WE CELEBRATE the Earth, this lovely Island planet we call home. I hope we humans will continue to appreciate and enjoy its many treasures and remain responsible stewards of its resources...
The marvels of nature can be found everywhere if we look closely at the environment. Take, for instance, the lowly millipede we might find at our feet. Did you know its ancestors were among the first to emerge from the seas to colonize the dry land over 400 million years ago? They fed on organic matter, algae, moss, and high-nutrient plants while adapting to earth's oxygen-rich environment. Those early explorers discovered new horizons for development on the planet. That's amazing, if you think about it!
Millipedes have a head, eyes, mouth and antennae, with hard-shell segmented bodies that differ from centipedes with leg pairs attached to each segment. (Centipedes have a single leg on each segment.)
So be kind to the lowly millipede; it's been around for a long time -- back to the days when our planet was just a baby!