More Under The Flowerpot

This tiny little woodlouse is called the Common Pygmy Woodlouse Trichoniscus pusillus agg. There were quite a number of these under a flowerpot I lifted up. They grow up to 5mm in length and there are two forms which are very hard to separate hence the agg. Examples infected with iridovirus can be found, which... Continue Reading →

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Crustaceans In The Garden

Its amazing what you kind find just turning over a leaf in your garden. This is the Common Rough Woodlouse Porcellio scaber. Click and click again on the images to get that little bit closer ... June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Pill Woodlouse

Armadillidium vulgare This woodlouse rolls itself up into a tight ball when threatened. They are light brown to purplish-black in colour, or grey and mottled yellow. They have several plates at the rear which help distinguish it from similar pill millipedes, and have fewer legs. Underneath, towards the rear, it has pale patches which are... Continue Reading →

Common Striped Woodlouse

Philoscia muscorum It is grey-brown in colour, with a dark head and dorsal stripe. Length 11mm. Seen after dark where they forage for dead organic matter. Seen all year round. Found in damp leaf litter, under rocks and stones in various habitats, including gardens. Common and widespread. Photographs taken May 2014, rear garden, found under... Continue Reading →

Common Rough Woodlouse

Porcellio scaber This woodlouse is narrower than the Common Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus), and greyer, although it can also appear mottled and lighter in colour. It has a rough surface, covered in tiny bumps, The end of the antennae (flagellum) is in two segments. Length 10mm. After dark they forage for dead organic matter. Seen... Continue Reading →

Common Shiny Woodlouse

Oniscus asellus This is one of  the largest native woodlice in the British Isles. It is fairly flat and shiny, marbled greyish-brown in colour with pale markings. Yellow or orange forms may occur. Length 14mm. After dark they forage for dead organic matter. Seen all year round. Found in a wide variety of habitats, including... Continue Reading →

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