Pink Dragon Millipede: Dangerous Beauty

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The Pink Dragon Millipede (Desmoxytes purpurosea) may look like the lastest pokemon character or Sanrio creation, but you wouldn’t want one on your keychain.  

Why not? Because the Pink Dragon Millipede, a recently discovered species native to Thailand, is one of nature’s most outrageous examples of aposematism, the display of vivid coloring and other physical signals that the candy-colored, snack-sized morsel in question is packing a poisonous whallop.

What is the toxic flavor of the day for Pink Dragon Millipedes? Cyanide, easily recognized by the odor of bitter almonds that linger around the shockingly-hued insects.   

 Mmmmmmmm. Cyanide.

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