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Common Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber)

By Metro6R4  
One of my all time favourite creatures, I find them quite fascinating.......

The Common Rough Woodlouse is very similar to the Common Shiny Woodlouse. The latter is more grey, usually without lighter spots, rough and not shiny and slightly smaller. Both animals live in the same way and may be seen at the same spots, often in mixed groups.

The species shown is not shiny however and has little bumps on the skeleton. For this reason it is called the Common Rough Woodlouse. Usually it is dark gray all over, but sometimes it shows other colours, such as yellow, red, green and blue. When it does, it's often suffering from an endoparasite, usually a virus. Like the other species, the Common Rough Woodlouse eats all kinds of decaying organic materials.

Many thanks for all your votes on yesterdays image of a Leaf Beetle & to Footloose for your UA. Regards Paul.

Tags: Bugs Insects Fly Shell Ground Close-up and macro Wings

Voters: Chinga, KarenFB, colin beeley and 8 more


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Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 10:57AM
I like each shot you have done of this amazing jurasic little creature. Well done. IB

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KarenFB Plus
9 4.6k 167 England
30 Sep 2012 11:01AM
Brilliantly caught! These little creatures are often overlooked, but they're so fascinating!
colin beeley Plus
13 1.1k 10 England
30 Sep 2012 11:38AM
looks like something out of doctor who Wink
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
30 Sep 2012 12:17PM
Ugly Coyote has nothing on this one Paul, he probably thinks the same of us humans! V2 for me but a great set of macros.

Regards

Trev.
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 12:23PM
V2 my choice today but a grand set
Ade_Osman 12 4.5k 36 England
30 Sep 2012 12:56PM
And I though my spider today was an ugly looking brute.....I haven't tried one of these......Yet! Smile

Good work.....Ade
30 Sep 2012 11:22PM
Again Top Work. Eric.
Tibetan 3 3 England
3 Nov 2012 2:05PM
Exceptional macro shot these are not easy to get the detail, like the eyes well done like all three, regards Leon, like your Avatar.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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