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Pill Bug Facts
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Subphylum: Crustacea
- Class: Malacostraca
- Family: Armadillidiidae
- Genus: Armadillidium
- Species: Armadillidium vulgare
13 Pill Bug Facts for Kids
- The pill bug (Armadillidium vulgare) is an arthropod woodlouse that is a member of the Armadillidium genus.
- The pill bug is all called a carpenter, doodle bug, potato bug and roly-poly.
- The bionomical name for the pill bug is Armadillidium vulgare.
- The pill bug was first described by French zoologist Pierre Latreille in 1804.
- A pill bug is not an insect, they’re a crustacean.
- The pill bug is by far the most studied crustacean.
- A pill bug is known for its ability to roll up into a ball when distrusted or threatened.
- Pill bugs can be found in dark, humid places, such as under bricks, logs and rocks.
- The pill bug (Armadillidium vulgare) is native to Europe but has been introduced to North America.
- In North America, the population density of pill bugs in some areas can reach over 900 pill bugs per square foot.
- The pill bug can reach up to 0.71 inch in length.
- There are three lifecycles for a pill bug, and they are egg, young and adult.
- The average life span of a pill bug is about a year and a half, but some can live for up to three years in captivity.