Pill Bugs (Rollie Pollie)

My Home: I am found in most regions of the world. I live in moist dark areas, under rocks, bark, leaves and logs.

What I eat: I eat decaying plants or other vegetation.

What I look like: I have three body parts, seven pairs of legs, two antennae and two eyes. I am ¼ to ½ of an inch in length and vary in color from dark gray to white. I can roll myself into a ball when frightened and am commonly called ‘Rollie Pollie.’

How I am born: I go through two stages of development: egg and adult. The female can lay up to 100 eggs, which are held in a pouch (like a kangaroo). After about two months as an egg, I hatch and emerge as a tiny adult. I grow by molting (shedding my skin). As an adult, I can live up to three years.

Fun Facts: Pill bugs are not insects, they are crustaceans. They are related to shrimp and crayfish, breathe with gills, and need humidity or moisture to survive.