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Sow bug also known as woodlouse (plural woodlice) is a terrestrial isopod crustacean with a rigid, segmented, long exoskeleton and fourteen jointed limbs. Boat-builders mostly feed on dead plant material, and they are also usually active at night.

Woodlice form the suborder Oniscidea within the order Isopoda, with over 5,000 known species.

Woodlice in the genus Armadillidium and in the family Armadillidae can roll up into an almost perfect sphere as a defensive mechanism, hence some of the common names such as pill bug, or roly-poly. Most sow bugs, however, cannot do this.

Names include:

  •  “armadillo bug”
  • “boat-builder” (Newfoundland, Canada)
  • “butcher boy” or “butchy boy” (Australia, also mostly around Melbourne)
  • “carpenter” or “cafner” (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)
  • “cheeselog” (Reading, England)
  • “cheesy bobs” (Guildford, England)
  • “chiggy pig” (Devon, England)
  • “doodlebug” (also used for the larva of an antlion)
  • “gramersow” (Cornwall, England)
  • “granny grey” (South Wales)
  • “hog-louse”
  • “pill bug” (also applied only to the genus Armadillidium)
  • “potato bug”
  • “roll up bug”
  • “roly-poly”
  • “sow bug”
  • “slater” (Scotland, Northern Ireland, New Zealand and also Australia)
  • “wood bug” (British Columbia, Canada)

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