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Roly-Polies… not just for kids

September 15th, 2015

Roly-Polies… not just for kids

Looking back to childhood, the first bug most kids play with is the roly polie, also known as a pill bug. Simply life a log or a rock and you will see these insects. While they are closely related to crabs, having gills, they live in moist dirt but can also be found in the rotting wood and other areas they can burro in.

You are likely to find pill bugs in an old abandoned building in New York or out in the country. Their needs are adaptable as long as conditions are moist and able to dig in.  Pill bugs love fragrant food, especially once it’s begun the rotting phase.

Pill bugs are interesting to watch and can’t be considered scary by anyone. Their only line of defense is that they will roll up into an armored little ball, only releasing from the armored ball once they are relaxed and feel as though the threat is eliminated. These insects do not eliminate waste in the way you would think of. Their body waste is turned into a gas and then eliminated through pores in their shells. They can also absorb water to drink through those same pores in their shells.

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