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I cannot recall whether the birch was dead, or not. Based on the pictures, my best guess would be that it was.
I was not leaning towards Piptoporus spp., though – their morphologies are slightly different, or so it seems... I am considering Fomes fomentarius. What do you think?
Yeah, I suppose semantics can differ geographically (even across Canada!). What we call "potato bugs" are certainly different in Alberta (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/...), and I learned Armadillidium vulgare as a "pill bug".
But you're right - I looked it up - Armadillidium vulgare is sometimes referred to as a "potato bug", and the common name is irrelevant as long as the Scientific name is correct! Cute spotting, though! ;)