Pill woodlice

Pill woodlice

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Caption: Pill woodlice (Armadillidium vulgare) clustered together. The woodlouse is not an insect. It is a small, terrestrial crustacean of the order Isopodai. The wooodlouse has a head, segmented thorax and an abdomen. It is covered by a hard exoskeleton made of chitin, which its sheds four or five times, while it grows. The woodlouse is prey for many animals, and protects itself by rolling into a ball. The woodlouse lives in moist environments, such as under stones, and in bark and decaying vegetation. It feeds on decaying plant and animal matter. Pill woodlice are distributed worldwide.

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