Latin name: Armadillidium vulgare
Size: Up to 18mm
Distribution: Found throughout most of the U.K. More frequent in the south and east.
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: Damp, shaded places such as under stones and logs
Food: Dead plant matter
Special features: The Common Pill Woodlouse is usually grey in colour, often mottled with yellow. Pink specimens can sometimes be found too. When disturbed it can roll into a perfect ball.
If you turn the creature over you'll notice it has two pairs of lungs, which appear as white patches near the tail end.
The eyes are composed of a group of shiny black bumps (called 'ocelli').
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