#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.

Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. ok..look ronald cheesie whatever.
    First, I do not care AT ALL that you don’t believe “I LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER” is my name.
    Second, Hi! Nice to meet you!! I’m Selena Bradford, and imma be on a commercial.
    Third, my teacher Mrs.Smith is plain ANNOYING. You’re lucky you think Mr. Ama-whatever is cool.
    Fourth, i don’t think little 11-10 year olds like you understand much of society. They just wanna do good at school.
    Fifth, thank you for reading my comment.
    Sincerely,
    Selena-Future Moviestar

    • Dear “fine its not my name whatever”
      You sound like you have lots of energy and self-cnfidence I bet you do end up being a moviestar. Maybe someone will make a Cheesie Mack film, and you’ll be in it.

      • Dear Cheese lover,
        Yes, as a matter of fact, I DO have a lotta energy. I wore bright pink lipstick today at school and i had ppl SWOON over me!!! im TOTALLY moviestar-worthy. I dont know if I’ll be in a *Cheesie Mack* movie though. Considering how we can’t get along.Yeah. Whatever. Now im just scared of bringing my science grade home two weeks from now, cuz its a D. woo-pee!!!! hurray for me!!!
        -Selena (OBVIOUSLY justin biebers future wife)

        • So, your name is Selena…and will someday be Selena Bieber! Did you know there is a tiny town in N. California named Bieber?

          • interesting!! i never knew tht……….well, u do learn something new everyday. ill totally search tht on google, the bieber city. my whole school is now to know tht there is a northern cali city named bieber!! oh and did u know i live in southern cali? i live in san diego. haha!! lol. i wish i lived in la, a EVEN more famous city, but san diego is famous enuf….i guess its ok for a future moviestar to live there.

    • I have never heard “pea bugs.” Maybe it’s a version of “pill bug.” But I have heard of “slaters.” Thanks.

  2. I call Sow bugs “Ball bugs” because they look like balls when they are rolled up. They are in my top 5 favorite bugs. My favorite bugs are spiders. What is your favorite bug.

    • “Ball bugs” is a really good name.

      Like I wrote at the top of this page: Sow bugs are my favorite “insects,” mainly because they are not insects.

      And spiders aren’t insects either. They’re arachnids.

  3. hey look!! we have the same period science!! cool!! except i dont know who u are. and is this is a blog?

    • • First, I do not believe that your name is “I LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER.”
      • Second, I am Ronald Mack. This is not a blog. This is just my website that lots of kids comment on.
      • Third, I bet there are millions of kids who have 3rd period science, so I don’t think that makes me or you particularly special. But Mr. Amato is very cool. I am going to write about him in Book #3.
      • Fourth, thanks for reading my book.

      • ok..look ronald cheesie whatever.
        First, I do not care AT ALL that you don’t believe “I LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER” is my name.
        Second, Hi! Nice to meet you!! I’m Selena Bradford, and imma be on a commercial.
        Third, my teacher Mrs.Smith is plain ANNOYING. You’re lucky you think Mr. Ama-whatever is cool.
        Fourth, i don’t think little 11-10 year olds like you understand much of society. They just wanna do good at school.
        Fifth, thank you for reading my comment.
        Sincerely,
        Selena-Future Moviestar

  4. This year my class worked with beetles and ISOPODS,so I got more comfortable with bugs.and what does imo mean?

  5. My dad said that we call them potato bugs because they were originally found in potatoes. I don’t know if this is true or not.

  6. this is the normal life cycle of a woodlouse;The woodlouse has a shell-like exoskeleton, which it must progressively shed as it grows. The moult takes place in two stages; the back half is lost first, followed two or three days later by the front. This method of moulting is different from that of most arthropods, which shed their cuticle in a single process. Metabolic rate is temperature-dependent in woodlice. In contrast to mammals and birds, invertebrates are not “self heating”: the external environmental temperature relates directly to their rate of respiration.

    A female woodlouse will keep fertilised eggs in a marsupium on the underside of her body until they hatch into small, white offspring. The mother then appears to “give birth” to her offspring.

    Woodlice are not generally regarded as a serious household pest as they do not spread disease and do not damage wood or structures; however, their presence can indicate dampness problems

  7. oh, and by the way, the common names for the crustashun we are talking about are;Names include: “armadillo bug”, “cheeselog”, “cheesy bug”, “doodlebug” (also used for the larva of an antlion), “pill bug” (usually applied only to the genus Armadillidium), “potato bug”, “roly-poly”, “sow bug”, “roll up bug”, “chuggypig” or “chucky pig”, “slater”, “gramersow” (Cornwall), “butcher boy” or “butchy boy” (Australia), and “wood bug” (British Columbia, Canada).

    • Absolutely not. She came to our school once, and I’m sure she’s not an author. I looked up AMATO. According to the 2000 US Census, AMATO ranks #2676 in terms of the most common surnames in the United States.

      AMATO had 12,411 occurrences.

      You can look up your own last name here: http://names.mongabay.com/most_common_surnames.htm

      MACK ranks #441 with 67,154 occurrences.