Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Bug That Isn't

I don't have any new jewelry today, but I have been in the shop working! I actually got a few sales. YAY!

So I'll just show you a stange little "bug" that probably we all know and grew up with.
The Pill Bug but known around here as the Roly Poly!

From Wikipedia:
Armadillidiidae is a family of woodlice, a terrestrial crustacean group in the order Isopoda. Unlike members of the family Porcellionidae, members of this family can roll into a ball, giving them their common name of "pill bug", or the more recent and increasingly popular terms, "doodlebug" or "roly poly" which have been used regionally as early as 1968.
The best known species in the family is Armadillidium vulgare, the common pill bug. These arthropods commonly feed on decaying vegetation and are found under logs, under animal excrement, garbage pails or any other place where moisture can be found. Moisture is essential to pill bugs due to their breathing organs, which are like gills. Although they often thrive in damp areas, pill bugs have often been known to live in dry beds. Their defensive posture is curling up into a ball to present their armored exterior. They are the unique prey of the woodlouse spider and play host to specialized parasitoids in the fly family Rhinophoridae.

It is only about 1.4cm long and is most closely related to crustations like crawfish and brine shrimp, so it's not really a bug at all!

6 comments:

stacie said...

I love this bug! Congrats on your sales...your work is exceptional!

Stormy said...

You sure have a good eye for lil bugs!
Congrats on yr sales :)

I had planned to spend time creating today but, a ba-zillion other things kept drawing me away! Although, that's usually how my days off go.

Barrie said...

He's a cute little bug!! You know, I have one that kind of looks that way but it's not really a bug, it's an marine critter (in our saltwater tank) called a chiton - same articulated body though. Very cool!!! Congrats on the sales!! YAY!!

Willow Branch said...

Oh you just took me back to childhood. I remeber flipping over rocks & watching all the little guys curl up into tiny nuggets.

Pam

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

I have always loved roly polys!

Shuku said...

I -love- the look of that bug, Tammy. It even looks like an armadillo! And yay on the sale - let me tell you, if I could afford it I would buy up your entire stock of jewellery. :) I'm wearing your ring very often and everyone loves it, especially -me-. :)