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Pill bug or Roly Poly

Armadillidiidae

Description:

Armadillidiidae is a family of woodlice, a terrestrial crustacean group in the order Isopoda. Unlike members of other woodlouse families, members of this family can roll into a ball, an ability they share with the outwardly similar but unrelated pill millipedes and other animals. It is this ability which gives woodlice in this family their common name of pill bugs or roly polies. The best known species in the family is Armadillidium vulgare, the common pill bug. --wikipedia

Habitat:

Any moist area outdoors.

Notes:

My son collected these earlier this afternoon with his friend. Eventually they released them back into their habitats when I revealed we couldn't keep them as permanent pets.

1 species ID suggestions

Cochineal
Dactylipius coccus Cochineal

3 Comments

ReannaDee
ReannaDee 2 years ago

That's ok, they do look similar. :) These are woodlice if I am being technical, I think the ones you suggested are native to south america. But thanks for the link anyways, good to learn new things. :)

oops..may be I am wrong with my ID..anyway they look alike

These are also traditionally used to get a dye for textiles :-)

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Lat: 36.05, Long: -95.79

Spotted on May 25, 2011
Submitted on May 25, 2011

Reference

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