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362. Pill Bug

  • Posted Dec. 28, 2010 by Ricardo in Insects. Viewed 8692 times

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Armadillidium vulgare aka Common Pill bug (baby)

I got shocked about how good these macros were! honestly, when I did my earwig [photoblog.com] last time they got ok, but these in my opinion are really good!

These small bugs are very funny! I remember when I was a child, I used to see them and touch them, so that they get like balls :)
Do you have any situation like this? I'd like to know :)
These bugs are harmless and they can live up to 3 years!
they eat decaying things, and they don't like the sun very much!

They look much creepier on my macros, but they are very friendly :)


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    • # Christa

      Vi ontem o film "o dia em que a terra parou" e tinha lá umas queridinhas assim :))) Espero que não se multiplicam muito! Os macros estão óptimos.

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    • # Brenda Nelson

      These are really good shots of a really gross creature! I say again...have you seen "Star Trek: the Wrath of Kahn"? They put bugs like these in peoples ears - yuck!!

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    • # Walter

      They look a lot like the ones I have here. They're cool... Harmless, maybe, but they may carry diseases, so I was told. :-)

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    • # Dave

      Great Macros. The last couple look violent or... did they run into a wall a bend the antennae?

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    • # Artbee

      Wow Ricky! These are all incredible macros of a pill bug! Up close and personal how interesting they are.
      Well done!

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    • # Marsha

      Wow...these shots are super, Ricky! I think these are much the same as what we call "rollie-pollies," but our don't have the big bent antennae. At least I don't think so because I've never seen a macro of one!

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    • # Josy

      Excellent post Ricky !
      I am fascinated by these macro, but even friendly I don't want to touch them....

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    • # Livelovelaugh

      The macros are fantastic! I never knew what they are called, but when you mentioned that they curl up into a ball, I remembered seeing them when I was younger. We just called them the ball bug. :)))

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    • # Redro

      Funny little creature dressed in armor :)
      I'm fascinated with its zigzagged antennas.
      Really good macros Ricky !

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    • # Jon Laysell

      Fascinating post Ricky. I love woodlice, or as we like to call them, Woodpigs. Did you know that they were originally called pillbugs because the Ancient Romans used to swallow them whole as medicine. Not all woodlice roll up though your Armadillo type are best known for it. Also, the reason they like (need) the damp is because they breathe through gills.

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    • # Karman

      We have these, we call them RolliePollies.....touch them and they roll up....very nice captures.

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    • # Jacki

      You're right, they turned out great. Is it on a white paper?

      We have something that looks VERY similar (I don't recall those long things out front) but call them Roly Poly's... same behavior, the kids love them because they curl up in a ball when you touch them.

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