Apologies to any squeamish readers, but I went out on a woodlouse hunt, to see if I could find the three different species that I found back in June when I did my ‘bioblitz‘.
It didn’t take long to find them, but taking their photos was a bit trickier, as they really don’t like sitting still in bright light. I deleted a large number of blurred shots to get these more reasonable ones.
I don’t expect everyone to appreciate their beauty, but I do really rather love them. When I was little, we used to collect them in jars, and have woodlouse ‘farms’ in cardboard boxes. I was vaguely aware that they didn’t all look the same – I thought the flatter ones looked a bit scary – but just thought they were different stages of the same thing. But no! I think these are correctly named, but please let me know if you know otherwise, thank you.
Here’s the Rough Woodlouse again – great sculptural detail on the body plates. I don’t think these roll up.
Now the Common Shiny Woodlouse (the ones I used to be scared of). I don’t think these can roll up.
And finally, the Common Pillbug or Common Woodlouse or Roly-poly – which definitely does roll up. this was a particularly shiny one (or maybe I’ve misidentified it).
And finally, a beautiful little yellow snail – only about 1cm across.