Apheloria polychroma (image) Virginia Tech Share Print E-Mail Caption Apheloria polychroma, as the millipede is known, also has an enviable trait in the animal world -- it's covered in cyanide, ensuring any bird that snacks on the colorful but lethal invertebrate won't do it a second time. Lots of other millipedes that don't have as much toxic defense, mimic Apheloria polychroma's coloring in hopes of avoiding becoming another link in the food chain. Credit Virginia Tech Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.