Sunday, May 25, 2008

What do you call those armadillo-like bugs?


It is rare for me to have the time and inspiration to take an idea that just pops into my head to full completion in a single day. I did today though with this little bug cluster! I've always sort of liked these peculiarly armored creatures.

Justin and I once got in a hot debate over their names. He thought they were called roly-polies and I thought they were called sow bugs. We tried to figure out who was right (because that is all important) by asking around and everyone seemed to have a different nickname for them. So far I've heard them called, sowbug, pillbug, potato bug, doodle bug, roly-poly, isopod and woodlouse! I'm sure there are different species being named here or something but if it is just one creature than I suspect it has the most dramatic ratio of names to body size.

My print (found here) is of a group of them clustered sweetly on scalloped paper with their nicknames (or misnomers) beside them.

7 comments:

Fog and Thistle said...

My husband calls them roly-polys and I call them potato bugs. I think Roly Poly trumps them all.

Cicada Studio said...

We call em woodlouse. I know this after the fascination my son had with them when he was a little kid. Sometimes you just gotta find the facts.

High Desert Diva said...

We always called them potato bugs... funny all the different names

Great inspiration for your picture though!

Jessica said...

Roly Polies! That's what they're called. ;)

blazedanielle said...

I'm definitely a fan of roly-poly! ;) I love it when they curl into a ball!

Cecilia Levy said...

so now I've found your blog too! love these bugs!

Megan said...

We always called them pill bugs... roly polies too :)