Common Shiny Woodlouse

Oniscus asellus – This is one of the largest native woodlice to be found in the British Isles. It is fairly flat and shiny, marbled greyish-brown in colour with pale markings. One of the ‘famous 5’ very common British species most likely to be seen.

Common Shiny Woodlouse Oniscus asellus

Common Shiny Woodlouse Oniscus asellus

26 thoughts on “Common Shiny Woodlouse

      • They feed mainly on dead plant matter like leaf-litter and rotting wood, which in digestion is turned into nutrients, and with the help of fungi helps speed up decomposition and fertilises the earth. They are good little recyclers 🙂


  1. The resemblance to trilobites and other early crustacea is pretty inevitable. They have been with us forever, and will likely still be here long after we’re not. They help to give us the perspective we need in the great wheel of life as we know it.

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