Creepy crawlies.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Creepy Crawlies.

First, let me say that I don’t regard these Common Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber) as creepy crawlies. The Woodlouse family is quite interesting, they’re Crustaceans, like Lobsters and Crabs, although most species live on land. They congregate in damp places to avoid drying out.

These Common Rough Woodlice were photographed in Cheshire, England in the 1980s. Rather bizarrely I remembered the scientific name for them, presumably from captioning the photos all those years ago. A couple of days ago I met someone I used to work with and I can’t remember their name.

Common Rough Woodlouse.

9 thoughts on “Creepy crawlies.”

    1. Thanks Laura. Interesting about the Latin although some scientific names when translated don’t seem to make a lot of sense. It doesn’t help that scientists are DNA testing lots of species and the reclassification means new common English names and/or scientific names.

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  1. It’s a weird thing – I’m the same with the names of flowers compared to people, and it is embarrassing. I’m not a big fan of woodlice but seeing them close up does make them a little bit more loveable.

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    1. The problem with natural history naming is the as scientists DNA test species they’re getting reclassified and what you remembered as the common English name or scientific name is now wrong.


      1. I’m trying to remember the name my brothers and I use to use when we were kids… it’ll come back to me.

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    1. Thanks Tom. The Creepy crawlies challenge was a bit of a coincidence but I decided that I didn’t want to go with an insect or a spider which would be popular choices.


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