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Queen of Sow Bugs

Armadillidium vulgare


This is an amazing Sow Bug! The only one like it I have ever seen. All of our local Sow Bugs are various shades of grey or brown without any additional color. This one is practically psychedelic! Each of the yellow patterns are all distinct and beautiful. About 1 cm long. It is able to roll into a ball. These Isopods are omnivorous and usually found in dark humid areas under logs, rocks and leaf litter. I´m not sure if this is a species of Porcellio or of Armadillidium. Family Armadillidiidae.


Found in the leaf litter around a tree stump. San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, 2,200 meters.


One notable predator of Sow Bugs is a species of Solpugid, the one I found the very same day may be a specialized predator of Sow Bugs in our area. (

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LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Thank you loarie! Love this one!

loarie 5 years ago

This is Armadillidium vulgare

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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Oct 7, 2016
Submitted on Oct 20, 2016

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