I don't know where the information about them eating seedlings came from but my Lecturer did a PhD in the study of woodlice - he had special permission to use the quarries where the stone to build Liverpool Anglican Cathedral was extracted to do all his field studies - and his studies never showed woodlice as eating anything other than dead and decaying matter. I am so cross, that as a student, camping out in quarries at night to collect the little blighters was not my idea of 'cool' at the time.
Maybe they need re-branding. Labybirds and butterflies should not have it all their own way! What about woodbirds?
Names include:"armadillo bug""boat-builder" (Newfoundland, Canada)"butcher boy" or "butchy boy" (Australia, mostly around Melbourne)"carpenter" or "cafner" (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)"cheeselog" (Reading, England)"cheesy bobs" (Guildford, England)"chiggy pig" (Devon, England)
I like the name cheeselogs. Shall we have a vote? I think B3 is right.. they need a renaming.
Where I grew up in Pennsylvania, we called them sow bugs.
I vote 'chiggy pig'
B3 - that is a great name.
I know them as 'slaters'.
We call them that too Dove
Love chiggy pig though. I'm going to call them that from now on
Where do you find all those pictures LB!!