Department of Art & Art History

Roly-poly (Armadilldium vulgare)


Artist: Autumn Hoggard

Roly-poly (Armadillidum vulgare)

Armadillidium vulgare, the roly-poly, is originally from the Mediterranean and has spread and can be found basically all over the world. It is most common in temperate climates. The bugs live in forests, fields, gardens, suburban and urban areas. They live in areas that are moist, with temperatures that are not too hot or cold, and with little light. You can find them under rocks or logs, or burrowed in the soil, thriving wherever humans are.

Ecological Importance:

  • Decomposers, natural fertilizers: They digest waste like scat, as well as decaying matter from dead plants and animals, resulting in a natural conditioning of the soil.
  • Biological Indicators: Pill bugs are sensitive to environmental changes, they also serve as biological indicators for the health of ecosystems.
  • Food Source: Roly-poly bugs are a food-source for other animals.

Fun Facts:

  • Roly-poly's are crustaceans, and therefore much more closely related to shrimp and crayfish than to any kind of insect.
  • They breathe through gills, even though they live on land.
  • If it is humid, they can absorb moisture from the air to stay hydrated.

This router is located on the East wall of Plumas Hall.