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woodlouse Rosy Woodlouse

Latin name:  Androniscus dentiger

Size:  Up to 6mm

Distribution:  Found throughout the U.K.

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  Damp, shaded places such as under stones and logs

Food:  Dead plant matter

Special features:  The Rosy Woodlouse is a fairly common species, but is often overlooked on account of its small size.

As the name susggests, the body is an orange-red colour with a double yellow stripe along middle of the back.  When viewed under a hand lens you'll notice the entire body is covered in tiny bumps.

If you look at the eye with a hand lens you'll notice it's comprised of one single black bump (ocelli), rather than a group of bumps as in some other woodlouse species.

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