Friday, June 23, 2017

The Potato Bug, Pill-bug, or Roly-Poly


Armadillidium vulgare, of all things, is the subject Theodore Dalrymple's latest — Woodlice Wisdom. Of these "land-living crustaceans," he writes, "I have been aware of the existence of woodlice ever since I can remember, but I am ashamed to say that I took them entirely for granted, expressing no curiosity about them whatsoever."

Giant isopods, I learned not long ago and much to my horror, are order-mates.

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