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small terrestrial isopod with a convex segmented body that can roll up into a ball

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The team has built a case that Wolbachia inserted feminizing genes into pill bug chromosomes.
In the pill bug (Niida et al., 1990; Niida et al., 1991), unlike Ligia, the receptor muscle that spans the 3rd and 4th thoracic segments separates completely, and from the 5th to 4th thoracic segments each pair of receptor muscle runs closely together -- but Moser's observation (1976) is somewhat different from ours.
Lift a corner of the pile and peek underneath to see earwigs and pill bugs running for cover.
"Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed-out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass coffin ...
"Heavy groundcover harbors ants, spiders, millipedes, pill bugs, crickets, cockroaches, rats, mice, and snakes," says Stoy Hedges, an entomologist with Terminix.
General Service Plans for monthly, semi-monthly, and quarterly treatments against crickets, cockroaches, spiders, beetles, silverfish, and pill bugs are available.
We are collecting reports on how poultry help reduce pest problems, and thus far you've told us that the following pests can be reduced by poultry: ticks, mosquitoes, flies, grasshoppers, Japanese beetles, fire ants, termites, pill bugs, grubs, crickets, cabbageworms and millipedes.
Logistical constraints often lead teachers to select animal behavior experiments that involve invertebrates such as pill bugs, flour beetles, crickets, and the like.
Yes, there are lots of the long, dark-coloured beetles about the size of the pill bugs you see in your garden, but they scuttle here and there on the floor among the cardboard boxes of carcasses searching out their next meal--today an assortment of turtles and snakes.
Other insects Rollo tested, and even their distant crustacean relatives such as pill bugs, also produce this pheromone.
Instead, researchers found that many of the species studied favored the areas where deer grazed frequently Pill bugs, centipedes, millipedes, earthworms, slugs, ants, and beetles were found equally in grazed and ungrazed sections, but researchers found nearly three times as many red-backed salamanders and five-and-a-half times more snakes in sites with deer than those without them.
Earthworms, pill bugs, insects and spiders will thrive in the decomposing leaf mulch and will, in turn, be readily eaten by many songbirds.
(Isopods are a type of crustacean that includes pill bugs, little grey bugs found in many gardens.) That's more new isopod species than have been found in shallower Antarctic waters in the entire past century.