What is the name of this arthropod?
Isopod?The pillbug is more afraid of you than you are of it. If it is threatened, it willsimply roll up into a ball to protect itself with its hard exoskeleton. For thisreason, it is sometimes called a roly-poly. The closely related sowbug, on theother hand, just runs away - a sowbug does not roll into a ball.Sowbugs are oval with a flattened body. They are wingless, brownor gray, with seven pairs of legs and overlapping "armored" platesthat make them look like little armadillos. Sowbugs have two tail-like appendages on the rear end. Pillbugs are similar, except theydon't have these appendages and can roll up into a tight ball.Pillbugs are found in damp, dark places, such as under rocks and logs. Pillbugsare nocturnal and are
They eat decaying wood,leaves, and other vegetation. Because they eat rotting plants, they are usuallyhelpful insects but they can be pests to seedlings or crops. Pillbug predatorsinclude birds, frogs, toads, snakes, lizards, and some small mammals.Pillbugs and sowbugs are not insects at all. Instead, they are arthropods likecrabs and lobsters.
a group of animals that have a hard exoskeleton, jointed legs, and a segmented body.
, so they have
. Most animals that live on land uselungs to breathe. Pillbugs have no lungs. They have gills, like fish! If they gettoo dry, they will die.
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