#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. I call “sow bugs” roly-polies and I have a funny story about them.
    When I was little, I saw a mother roly poly and when she was crawling she was leaving behind white, little baby roly-polies. I showed my mom and she got all excited about how the roly-poly was giving “live birth”. Well, we looked it up and found out about the mothers carrying around their babies in pouches. My mom was very embarrassed.

  2. What is the big deal about sow bugs? Thanks for the report cheesie. [I put your name on it]

  3. I’ve actually never heard the term, sow bug, but I usualy just call em’ rolly pollys!

  4. I call them potato bugs or rolypolys rock’n’rollys in Ohio near Cleveland. Do u have special names where u come from

    • Most kids here call them pill bugs, but I call them sow bugs because that’s what Granpa taught me when I was little.

  5. i live in south carolina and i usually call them ‘roly poly’ or ‘pill bug’. i have never heard of the saying ‘sow bugs’.

  6. At Wines Elementary School, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we call them armadillo bugs!

    • That’s weird. I wonder why there are no sow bugs in Hawaii. I went to Hawaii once. We stayed on Oahu in a town called Kailua, and we went to the beach every day!

    • I don’t think that’s right. Sow bugs are not related to dung beetles.
      But DUNG ROLLER is a cool name.

  7. I know I’m not related to your science teacher or anything but MY last name is Amato too…so when i saw it I was like WHAT!!! And maybe your science teacher can relate to this (Maybe you could ask him for me) Lots of people spell Amato wrong even the computer i wonder if he has the same problem?

    • I asked, and Mr. Amato said no one EVER misspells his name because he is so well-known in our town! He is a big kidder.

  8. my bff calls them rolly polly ollys u know from the show she thinks there awsame i do to her name is abby.p