Oniscidea. Also known as pill bugs, slaters, cudworm, chisel-hog, chucky pigs, sow pigs and many many more! Woodlice are one of the few terrestrial crustaceans, so more closely related to lobsters than insects, in fact woodlice still breathe using gills. A woodlouse has 14 legs and an outer shell called an exoskeleton which they shed once they outgrow it. Woodlice feed on decaying matter and can be found in compost heaps or under rocks in UK gardens.
Ideal for biology animal behaviour investigations using a choice chamber or maze.
As woodlice are native to Britain, they can be released into the wild once investigations have been completed. Ideally find a damp and dark area for release, e.g. under a rock or in a pile of leaves.
To complement your woodlice practicals we recommend this Field Studies Council woodlouse folding guide.
Pack of 10, 50 or 100, mixed species, ages and genders. All will be over 8mm long.
Please note that woodlice may not be available, or may take longer to collect, during very wet or cold weather - please therefore order in plenty of time - if unsure please contact us.
Thank you for being so attentive to the dispatch / sending of the woodlice. These were not at all easy to find and we were not sure there were very many of them. The children loved learning about them and had built a magnificent hotel for them to go into.
Excellent service, and felt there was a genuine respect for the woodlice giving us clear tips on how best to look after them.
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