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armadillo bugs (woodlice on a brick) by armadillozenith
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Two woodlice, of the species Porcellio scaber, out and about in bright sunlight.

Woodlice have many names in different areas – armadillo bug is just one. In Scotland, they are called slaters. Types that can roll up are often called pillbugs.

A woodlouse has seven pairs of legs.
They are crustaceans, not insects (both groups are included within the arthropods); woodlice are terrestrial members of the group Isopoda (isopods), which also includes aquatic members.

They commonly live in cool, damp (but not wet) dark surroundings; for example, under/among stones or decaying wood.

On a wall beside a footpath in Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland.
Midday, 1st July, 2009.

Comments

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    wooOOT! lol! watta brill capture sweetheART love it… they look like giants ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thanks Val, and yes, they do – I loved the way the shadow loomed huge under one of them! I think they are cute creatures. I like taking a close look at commonplace things; I am glad you appreciate them too!

    – armadillozenith

  • voltaireview
    voltaireviewover 5 years ago

    wow alien creatures on an alien terrain

  • ;-D

    – armadillozenith

  • gothgirl
    gothgirlover 5 years ago

    wonderful detail and they could be any size which makes them a bit scary! I enjoyed reading the explaination

  • cheers!

    – armadillozenith

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