#1-Sow Bugs

Sow Bugs

Sow bugs are my favorite “insects,” mainly because they are not insects. They are actually crustaceans, like lobster and shrimp. Here’s what they look like, just in case you don’t know what a sow bug is.

Sow bug is the name I learned, but in science we learned there lots of other names for the same non-insect: roly-poly, pill bug, woodlouse, etc. If you have other names or know something really interesting about them, please comment below.

I did a report on sow bugs. Here it is.

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Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. I live in Illinois and my whole class calls them roly-polies. I hunt for them with my friends at recess and put them in a Fiji water bottle.

    • Very cool site, Allison. I told my Granpa and he marked up lots of dollar bills and logged them onto wheresgeorge.com. He likes doing it. Thanks.

  2. I had NO idea how many names for sowbugs there are, here are a handful I found: Boat Builder, Carpenter, Cafner, Doodlebug, Roll Up Bug, Chuggypig, Chucky Pig, and 2 names I think you will enjoy, Cheeselog and Cheesy bug. (Nice job on your report! And your teacher let you bring to class a box of Sow Bugs?!?!?!)

  3. We always called them potato bugs. My fear and/or revulsion at any particular kind of crawly thing is usually in direct proportion to the number of legs it has. Anything with 4 to 6 legs, common bug spray will do. Up to 8 legs, I need hairspray so that I don’t have to remove the corpse until it’s safely encased in shellac. Regardless of the size of the bug, if it has over 10 legs, I require an army boot, two clothes pins, and a complex system of weights and pulleys.