Today’s Eye is looking at the roly-poly. Maw Maw and I decided that we know the following things about them: they roll up when you touch them, you just have to look in the dirt to find them and they never have “got on” anybody before.
Here’s what I learned from going outside and meeting them personally:
And some fascinating facts from folks (online):
- They’ve got seven pairs of legs.
- They carry their babies in a pouch called a marsupium.
- It takes them about a year to mature.
- They are primarily nocturnal.
- They are very useful decomposers.
- And probably the most shocking fact…they are not “bugs” (insects) but are crustaceans, like crawfish.
And if you’re in need of a chuckle, and in case roly-poly isn’t a funny enough name for this non-bug crustacean, Wikipedia has a great list of names of the woodlouse family, including “carpet shrimp”, “cheeselog” and “parson’s pig”.