Pill Bugs Up Close by Greg PyersThis excellent informational piece on pill bugs, rolypolys, sowbugs, and other Armadillidiidae, that is, the mediumsize bugs that can roll up in a ball. As subjects for science investigation, pillbugs are great for kids, since they are not poisonous or venomous, dont bite humans, dont carry disease, and are disinclined to escape from captivity if captivity has some dirt and some old leaves to hide under. Also, in most environments they are scavengers and dont attack live plant material, but can easily be found under rocks and plant pots.
Anyway, this book talks about the parts of pillbugs, their life cycles (no mating pictures, so thats safe), the egg laying and the marsupium (the mother pill bug carries the babies in a pounch for a certain amount of time), and other fascinating facts, with lots of clear, up close pictures. An excellent book to find facts to back up with Rolypolyology and Im a Pill Bug.
A pillbug crawled into a ball
By Susan Jones Pill bugs and Sow Bugs of the Order Arthropoda arthropod means segmented body and jointed appendages , Class Crustacea, Order Isopoda isos meaning equal and podes meaning feet , and have a hard armored exoskeleton and jointed limbs. Both creatures are nocturnal, and each has seven pairs of legs at maturity. They are scavengers, feeding on both dead and live plant and animal debris.
Pillbugs (Rollie Pollies)
Plants Were Made for People. Hello Aloe! Plants that Can do What? Plants that do Math. God has created a lot of interesting creatures for us to study.
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 Pill bugs in the family Armadillidiidae are able to form their bodies into a ball shape, in a Jump up to: "What Do Pill Bugs Eat?" .
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The pill bug is the only crustacean that has become completely adapted to spending its life on land. Pill bugs are sometimes referred to as rollie pollies., Pill bugs roll into a ball for defense or to avoid drying out.
They Might Be Both! Roly poly, doodle bugs, or pill bugs… whatever you call them, these are popular little garden dwellers. Children play with them, fascinated by their ability to roll up into a little ball. Frogs and lizards find them to be tasty treats. And we find them in every part of the United States as well as widespread abroad.