Not the best of backgrounds, but I takes ’em as I finds ’em … it’s a house centipede (Allothereua maculata) in my kitchen sink. I’ve been enjoying David Attenborough’s documentary series, Micro monsters, hence the association. It is not an insect, but a chilopod.
House centipede, Allothereua maculata
Wikipedia says, among other things:
The body of Allothereua maculata is made up of 15 segments and bears 15 pairs of long legs. The body is pale brown with dark markings, and grows to 20-25 millimetres (0.8-1.0 in) long. It bears one pair of antennae on the head and a similarly long pair of caudal appendages at the tail end.
The Atlas of Living Australia says:
Description: Medium-sized centipede with extremely long legs and antennae, and compound eyes. Runs very fast and easily drops legs to avoid capture.
Biology: Active at night. Often found under rocks and in litter. Prefers humid, moist areas. A free-ranging predator of ground-dwelling insects. Prey captured by ensnaring in the long legs. Prey consists of smaller ground-dwelling insects and spiders.
Habitat: Bushland areas in southern Australia but may also be found in gardens [and kitchen sinks].
Native status: Native to Australia.
Maximum size (cm): 3.
Danger rating: Harmless [to people].
Colours: Blue, grey, yellow.
Distribution: Southern Australia.
Habitat types: Terrestrial.
It’s nice to think of it beetling around (centipeding around?) the place at night cleaning up other insects, in company with larger spiders that munch up cockroaches. My very own cleaning service!