19 Jan 2010
See, I know this critter as a ‘roly-poly’ or ‘pillbug’. ‘Doodlebug’ has always been the other name for those critters, who make the funnel trap in the sand, called ‘ant lions’. Lots of ant lions at Camp Bayou…
Yeah, I’ve heard other people say that, too. I believe pillbug is the correct name – and it’s a type of woodlouse.
And maybe it’s a regional distinction, or just random, but some people seem to use “doodlebug” for these guys – and some people use it for the antlion larva, like you said. I only knew them as antlions.
And, frankly, I had no idea the antlion was the larval form of a flying creature. I just loved how pre-historic and alien they look – and how cool it is how they create those sand traps. Haven’t seen one since I was a kid.
One of my favorite insect resources is BugGuide.net. Here’s a page where some folks are having the same conversation: Doodlebug.
[...] they … Tags: General // Add Comment Discussion Area – Leave a Comment. Name (required) Mail …Insect Paparazzi · Don't move and I'll shoot!Dolly – January 21, 2010. See, I know this critter as a roly-poly' or pillbug'. Doodlebug' has [...]
These guys were fun to play with as a kid. hehe…
Check out what wikipedia says about these little guys:
“They are sometimes caught and fed to pets such as iguanas and other lizards, but this is not recommended since those animals might become poisoned”
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