Slater – Wood Lice – Sow Bug – Pill Bug – Roly Poly – Woodlouse Insect | Short Documentary

Slater – Wood Lice – Sow Bug – Pill Bug – Roly Poly – Woodlouse Insect | Short Documentary


Living among the soil are slaters they are also known as woodlice, sowbugs, and pill bugs. Slaters are crustaceans that have adapted to living on land. They are related to aquatic and marine crabs, lobsters and prawns. They are scavengers feeding on decaying organic materials. Usually, they are considered beneficial although in recent times they have been considered as pests; among crops and pastures. Hey Guys, thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed the clip on slaters, if you did give us a thumbs up. Click the subscribe button so we can keep in touch and leave us a comment below. If you are a big fan of David Attenborough, like myself, please check out the links below in the description box. But for now take care and I will see you soon.

Roly Polies Came From the Sea to Conquer the Earth | Deep Look

Roly Polies Came From the Sea to Conquer the Earth | Deep Look


Pill bugs…… roly polies….. potato bugs… whatever you want to call them, somehow there’s something less creepy about these guys than other insects. More loveable, or something. Maybe it’s because they’re not insects
at all. Pill bugs are actually crustaceans. They’re more closely related to shrimp and
lobsters than crickets or beetles. Pill bugs even taste like shellfish, if you
cook them right. Some adventurous foragers call them wood shrimp. As early as 300 million years ago, some intrepid
ancestor crawled out of the ocean, sensing there might be more to eat, or less competition,
on dry land.” But unlike lobsters, pillbugs can roll up
into a perfect little ball for protection. If you look closely you can see the evidence
of where these guys came from. Like their ocean-dwelling cousins, pill bugs
still use gills to breathe. True insects — like this cricket — use a
totally different system. See those tiny holes on this cricket’s abdomen? They’re called spiracles. They lead to a series of tubes that bring
fresh air directly to the insect’s cells. But pill bugs don’t have any of that. To survive on land, they had to adapt. Their gills, called pleopods, are modified
to work in air. Folds in the pleopod gills developed into
hollow branched structures, almost like tiny lungs. In a way, the pillbug is only halfway to becoming
a true land animal. Because… they’re still gills. They need to be kept moist in order to work. Which is why you usually find pill bugs in
moist places, like under damp, rotting logs. They can’t venture too far away. Sure, pill bugs look like the most ordinary
of bugs. But they’re much more than that: evidence
that over evolutionary time, species make big, life-changing leaps. And those stories are written on their bodies. Hey, while we’re on the subject of oddball
crustaceans… check out this episode about mantis shrimp. Their eyes see colors we can’t even
comprehend. Their punch is faster than Muhammad Ali’s. And while we have you: Subscribe. OK? Thank you! And see you next time.

ROLY POLY | Pillbugs aren’t bugs, and neither are a lot of other things for that matter

ROLY POLY | Pillbugs aren’t bugs, and neither are a lot of other things for that matter


hey guys it’s me I’m back in America now and guess what I made a friend I found this lady in my grandparents garden this is a roly poly or in my family we call these things roly polies although I know a lot of other people call them pill bugs but actually they aren’t bugs at all what they are is kind of cool so I thought I’d talk about it but instead of just telling you I thought I would show you how you can figure it out yourself so when you’re outside and you see something kind of small and crawly looking you can be pretty sure that it’s an arthropod arthropods have four basic types you’ve got your Flying type water type ground type and the burn it with fire type the best way to tell these four types apart is by counting how many legs they have insects always have three pairs of legs although there are some butterflies where it sort of looks like they only have two pairs but they do really have three and I’m pretty sure you know what a butterfly is anyway so I’m not going to worry about that spiders scorpions mites that whole nightmare fuel group they have six pairs of legs but the first two pairs are usually pretty different looking so it can seem like they only have four pairs next we have centipedes and millipedes which have a lot of legs that’s kind of their thing the numbers vary quite a bit but it’s always more than ten there is a type of millipede called a pill millipede which looks very similar to our friend here and it even rolls up just like a roly poly but it’s not a perfect sphere not to criticize but the rear end kind of sticks out a bit and these guys they have a butt ton of legs but if we flip our friend over you can see she only has seven pairs of legs which means by process of elimination that this is my crustacean yeah crustaceans have five or more pairs of legs usually under 10 and you can also tell that roly polies are crustaceans because they have gills inside and they like that damp dark soil where they can get a lot of moisture they’re basically land shrimp that crawled out of the water inter now living happily among us in the garden under flowerpots under rocks etc fun fact insects are also crustaceans but they crawled out onto land so long ago that a lot has changed for them since then so it can be a lot harder to tell where they came from anyway I named my friend shrimpy and if you’re wondering I can tell that she’s a lady because if you flip her over again sorry and look at this region right here you can see it’s sort of smooth looking whereas Mela Rolly pollies will have a little pointy bit not to get too explicit or anything um crustaceans are really cool they’ve got lots and lots of different forms like did you know that barnacles are also crustaceans they’re basically shrimp that glue themselves to rocks for their entire lives crazy anyway that’s all for today it’s really nice to be back in sunny sunny California I have officially graduated from into you and I’ll be moving to Massachusetts pretty soon where I’m going to get a PhD or try anyway a PhD in biology and I love it if you guys would come along for whatever adventures I have there so look here for occasional updates and I do mean occasional because as you probably guessed I’ve been pretty busy but when I have time I am going to make some more videos so look out for that and yeah thanks for watching guys see you next time bye