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Rough Sowbug

Porcellio scaber


Rough Sowbugs are part of the Woodlouse family. Woodlice need moisture because they breathe through gills, called pseudotrachea, and so are usually found in damp, dark places, such as under rocks and logs. They are usually nocturnal and are detritivores, feeding mostly on dead plant matter, although they have been known to feed on cultivated plants, such as ripening strawberries and tender seedlings. Woodlice then recycle the nutrients back into the soil.


Originally form europe these insects are great colonizers and have thrived in North america where they can be found in planted forests and urban areas.

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1 Comment

ceherzog 8 years ago

Yea for the detritivores! Nice shots.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jul 8, 2011
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012

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