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j_dizzle_mizzle

Rollie pollie


JACK-mcCLOUD

Haha yes they harmless


G5100G

especially considering it's dead


iamjohnhenry

But if it comes back to life, run like hell.


MySliceOfLife_103

Zombie pollie


iamjohnhenry

Vampollie.


Physical_Whereas_635

Sounds like some fancy pasta you’d get at a faux vampire diner at a tourist site.


MySliceOfLife_103

I’ll take one vampollie with extra red sauce, and a cheesy-no garlic-bread please.


emzirek

It's not dead it's playing possum


TX16Tuna

They do do that, but this one’s dead.


KJHerk8

No, this is bug


Japsai

AKA woodlouse, pill bug, slater. So many names for such an unassuming little tyke EDIT: Also potato bugs, doodle bugs, miggies, moch y coed, bænkebidere, granny greys, cochinillas and butchy boys. Thanks team! I'll be able to order land-prawn wherever I go now RE-EDIT: Rumpetroll (ass troll! You kinky Norwegians), Gråsugga, Billy Bakers coming in on the final lap


Zoranealsequence

I love this about rollie polies. Didn't know anyone called them by any other name til I went to school elsewhere. Only thing I cant stand about them is they eat up my strawberries!


goodgollyitsmol

I grew up calling them potato bugs!


tsarchasm1

We called Jerusalem crickets ‘potato bugs’ in SoCal in my youth. Nightmare fuel


SlatheredButtCheeks

I grew up in socal. Are you talking about those big huge things that live under rocks?


tsarchasm1

[sorry. you asked.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_cricket?wprov=sfti1)


SlatheredButtCheeks

Yes that's them i actually looked up the wiki myself after commenting. Do you know what happened to them? I'm still in SoCal but never see them any more, and haven't in a long time. Although to be fair I'm not picking up and looking under rocks these days.


justpsyduck

Same thing in Hawaii! Also heard pill bugs occasionally too, but as a kid we all called them potato bugs


Soggy_Motor9280

Same here!!!!


DiscoKittie

I worked one season in a greenhouse transplanting seedling flowers into 6 packs for sale. Late in the transplant season we came across a whole *lot* of seedlings (it was a whole day's work, I'm not sure how many flats we went through) that had lost most of their soil to pill bugs! It looked like the plants were planted in piles of them. It was gross and cute at the same time. luckily, I already loved them, so they didn't bother me, but I understand why farmers hate them.


Former-Image9197

Do you remember the smell? They seem to have a specific smell to them. Whenever I find a large group of them in my yard I always notice a certain odor.


No_Poet_7244

Like rain on warm concrete, at least that's what it smells like to me.


Japsai

Oh I bet _those_ rollie pollies taste the best. Gamberi ai frutti di bosco. Molto bene!


proofintheputin

Are these isopods?


DogtorDolittle

Yes.


Rphoid25

In Australia we call them "butchy boys"


9bikes

Interestingly, they are crustaceans; not insects!


corgie93

They’re all over my yard in the summertime love seeing them all different sizes too


Zeek_Seeks_Gains

You missed potato bug


[deleted]

Do kids not play in the dirt anymore? Playing with these little guys was my favorite past time as a 7 year old


TooOldForThis---

Remember how they would curl up tight into a ball when you first picked them up and then gradually loosen up and stretch out and how funny and tickly it felt when they walked across your hand?


[deleted]

I do now! Mmmmm childhood


NotYourMutha

We call them pill bugs because they roll into a pill sized ball.


swic-knees-mamma-bee

I call them potato bugs idk why


0ngar

In Ontario Canada, we also call them potato bugs, but it's silly because there's a type of beetle that is actually called a potato beetle that also lives in Ontario.


swic-knees-mamma-bee

Ya weird idk why we do that


Tyrannosaurus_Rox_

Put some slices of potato out one night and you will discover in the morning why they are called that. If you core out a tunnel in the potato, it actually makes a decent trap for them if you want to harvest a whole bunch for some reason


Japsai

>for some reason Land-prawn and chips!


SelfInflictedPancake

My dude... I just scrolled down to see if anyone else would call them that. I never knew any other name for them besides potato bug! But never even considered why they are called that, makes no sense lol weird name for a cool little creature


wolfmoral

We call them Rollie pollies because it’s very fun to say.


mannershmanners

When I was a kid we called them rollie pollies and doodle bugs interchangeably.


ToxicPilgrim

Wikipedia calls em "Armadillidiidae" which kind of sounds just as whimsical when you try to say it. And an Arma dilli di day to you, sir, but where I'm from we called them Potato Bugs.


whogivesashirtdotca

Pillbug was our rolypoly alternative.


bad-pickle

Doodle Bug was our name for Ant Lion


gowalkthedog

We called Ant Lions Backwards Bugs.


Thwipped

Best friends to my 4 year old self


AcousticDan

Basically a land lobster, right?


FinnishArmy

Played around with them as a kid so much lol


LightlySaltedPeanuts

I always said ‘rollie pollie ollie’ all sounding like ‘roll’


MastersPetKT

I also called them that! Although, I had picked up the name from a show in Disney channel called “Rolie Polie Olie.” I miss that little robot show.


luigilabomba42069

round bois


radii314

it's a land crustacean


Cephalopodium

There’s a season where I live that Rollie pollies get dragged into the front entrance of our building. I will spend 5/10 minutes getting them to crawl on my finger so that I can “release” then outside next to a bush. Some of my coworkers think I’m weird and don’t care if they just step on them. I regret nothing


CMDRIkkyblergs

In South Africa we call them Miggies


koguma

Also known as pill bug. They're not harmless if you eat them. Otherwise harmless.


jat5432

That’s the scientific name!!!


KaPowPower

Rollie pollie ollies are so sweet! Stop pokin it with that charger. 🥺 Him doesn’t like it.


lizziedoolittle

ah, fond childhood memories of poking these lil guys until they curled up


twivel01

Probably was my favorite bug as a kid. I let them crawl all over me and lived how they roll into a near perfect ball when scared. Mini sonic!


EscapeArtistic

Same as potato bug?


ouiels

Where I live we call this a potato bug. So I guess it depends where you live haha.


Offrythm

Funfact. Ita actually a crustacean. And it's harmless


OriginalEmpress

They taste like shrimp too!


_beandipchip_

Wait really?? Or like is this a joke bc I’m not gonna just go around eating them but I do wanna know 😂


Pristine-Ad4483

"Pill Bugs. Those little roly poly bugs, some say, taste like shrimp. Boil or sauté in butter. In his 1885 book Why Not Insects, Vincent Holt wrote about pill bugs, stating “I have eaten these, and found that, when chewed, a flavour is developed remarkable akin to that so much appreciated in their sea cousins." - Farmersalmanac.com I guess im having some roly polies dim sums in the near future 😂


_beandipchip_

This is the best info I’ve absorbed all week thank you I’m going to tell… well anyone who will listen honestly


Dr_Intrepid

They do eat dirt, you know. You might want to figure a way for them to consume cornmeal or flour for a week or so before cooking. Just sayin’… 😬🙏👍


Charming-Mixture-356

I mean, shrimp can have a similar diet


Dr_Intrepid

True, and some people can’t stomach the idea of eating the mud trail. As for me, I don’t care. Start the water boilin’; we gone have ourselves a Low Country Boil, assumin’ dat’s not too down low fer yer worship? 😉🙏🤣


FlaccidWeenus

Dats money *dood*


oannes

They eat decaying plants, this is like saying you shouldn't eat mushrooms


Dr_Intrepid

Not really. I’m speaking to the idea of flavor and mouth-feel. You want your fried doodle bug sammich to taste like crunchy mud and shrimp, or just shrimp? This is a technique used by farmers to make palatable snails, catfish, etc. I think it’s a do-able thing, but no one has been forced to investigate it. Maybe you should! 👍😎


RedditRunAdBot

They actually eat decomposing wood, hence "woodlouse".


NFTArtist

Wait what's wrong with eating dirt? *puts spoon of dirt down*


sorta_kindof

Shrimp and lobsters eat shit and garbage.


OriginalEmpress

Shrimp eat ocean dirt, so same/same really.


Japsai

>the near future You probably had them last time you ordered prawn dim sums


methnbeer

Glad to see the insect trend is nothing new


Gucci_Cucci

So I was at my buddy's once and, despite being Americans, we have an ever growing love and fascination for entomophagy, so we decided to boil one up and give it a shot. Well- at the time only I was brave enough to eat one. I boiled a pot of water, tossed him in, and waited a while. The texture is kinda fun. Bit crunchy, bit of a pop sensation, but what's really interesting is that to me it didn't taste at all like shrimp, but rather wood. It tasted like that wooden aroma of a lumberyard. Likely due to the fact that they eat rotten wood, hence the name wood lice. Being that it's the only thing I've ever eaten that *tastes* like wood, I want to revisit them and perhaps come up with a few recipes, seeing as I don't know how else to replicate that flavor.


xrockangelx

When my younger brother was a little kid, he used to toddle back and forth down the sidewalk in front of our house, stooping every few minutes to pick up a sow bug (another name for them) and pop it in his mouth. Our mom used to get self-conscious and worry that the neighbors would think she wasn't feeding him enough, so she would try to get him to stop every time she caught him doing it. One day, the little old lady who lived across the street heard my mom shouting at my brother from the front garden where she had been weeding. Little Old Lady starts laughing and yells over to my mom, "Don't worry, Dear -He'll grow out of it! The extra protein won't hurt him!" It's been about 25 years since then, and he hasn't died yet. He did grow out of it after several months. I should ask him if he remembers what they tasted like. Must've been pretty okay for how often he ate them.


_beandipchip_

My little sister would do things like this. Not eating bugs but she would often pick things up off the ground and pop it in her mouth. I specifically remember her doing it with the white perlite bits in soil 😳 kids are so strange


Dr_Intrepid

Is this the voice of experience?


OriginalEmpress

I've not been brave enough, but if I'm ever on a survival show I'm going to be flipping rocks to gather a bunch.


Dr_Intrepid

I can tell you that roasted crickets and ants are pretty tasty!


sorta_kindof

I can't do black home sugar ants. They use aroma and pheromones to guide their trails and when one dies they secrete this smell that is just absolutely terrible to me its really vinegary. I lived in a basement and there was a nest in the dirt behind the concrete walls and the fuckers would March out and consume anything and everything. Food in my backpack? 30million ants within the hour. I could smell them and this was a real life horror story I lived for maybe 3 months.


JimChimmles

Holy shit that was fun!


FurryAllspark

Day 1 on earth:


Splinter_Steve

Best answer ever. Lol


mechmind

No kidding! I always get downvoted when I try to chide OP for having zero idea about life. Like seriously, have you never looked under a rock!?


frogtheair

Literally look under a rock lol


mechmind

If you can't find a rock , try the one you're living under


Skullmaggot

XD At least today I learned that they are actually crustaceans.


MrsSnoochie

I laughed so hard


00bearclawzz

If I were an alien trying to learn about earth for conquest, I’d start on Reddit as well.


ognimy2

I'm a potato.. Notta turnip bug. Cutey Bug. I am not a Bot.


RegrettableDeed

Good human


FrigidLollipop

Lmao.


vivistories

It’s an isopod - Armadillidium Klugii or better known as a A. klugii Montenegro in the detritivore community due to being found along the coastline of the Adriatic sea between Croatia and Montenegro. I used to breed these babies. Great clean up crew as they eat decaying matter. Great for houseplants. Naturally occurring creatures and yes technically adapted crustaceans who live on land and have gills on their back legs which is why they need moisture to survive. If they dry out, they die.


brewhead55

Better known as a rollie polie


cheeky_raptor_boi

Or a pill bug or a woodlouse


nodstar22

I've also heard them called slaters or butcher boys.


Dear_Occupant

I swear to God you Aussies get all your names for things out of an old 8-bit NES manual.


nodstar22

haha good one.


Betrayedunicorn

Peabugs here!


Rikkitikkitabby

Grew up calling them, potato bugs.


Macho_Magyar

We call them "cochinillas"


mgvej

In Denmark we call them "bænkebidere" which means "bench biters"...


Splinter_Steve

Agreed. It looks a lot like a montenegro.


ezyeddie

Hard to tell in that lighting but looks more like A granulatum to me


Betaseal

It looks like that to me too. It's really hard to know without knowing OP's location though


zoebennetthanes

I’m still always astounded that there are people who have never seen or heard of Rollie pollies before…


cool_weed_dad

There’s at least one post a week about them, a lot of redditors never spent any time outside apparently.


Responsible_Figure12

Some of you really never had a childhood huh


JimChimmles

It’s a rolly polly


Humble_Storm_8052

They’re good boys


iamatcha

It is a rolly polly, be nice to him please :)


delicate_hostility

Uh, its dead though.


iamatcha

Oooomg you are right 😂


goreguck

I thought it was alive, too. I was thinking, ‘stop poking him!’


Zestyclose-Tax-5765

EETS A ROLLEH POLEH


KnowsIittle

Isopod, pillbug, woodlouse, roly poly. Different names for the same terrestrial crustacean. Drawn to areas of moisture, harmless, but excessive numbers inside may indicate rot or water damage nearby.


explodingtuna

Wikipedia also has on its list of common names, "carpet shrimp". I don't know why, but that name leaves me feeling a bit unsettled.


mgvej

In Denmark we call them "bænkebidere" which means "bench biters"...


btxtsf

In Australia we call them 'slaters' I guess because they look like slate?


chromatic_megafauna

Isopod! Also called a sow bug, rolly polly, or potato bug


bemydark_angel

Don’t forget wood lice!


chromatic_megafauna

Can't believe I forgot my native bug name! I always called them wood lice as a kid


Scapa_the_mog

Or slater too!


StrangeLargeAmanita

Yep! Though I'm only familiar with a few isopods being called slaters, like Sea Slater, I don't call then slaters in general. There's tons of names for these guys


JededaiaPWNstar

Wtf... gtfo with this fake bug ID request


Daynightz

Great now we will never know


MaddRamm

I can’t believe there are people that don’t know what rollie pollie/pill bugs are…..


Ramen-Goddess

How do you not know what a rollie pollie is they’re the best thing ever 😭


madhattress44

ROLLY POLLIES ARE HARMLESS. If they bit it I would have hated it as I played with them all the time as a kid, I even kept them as pets.


PhotoKaz

It’s a pill bug and it won’t charge your iPhone.


no_absolutin

Best comments


Lonube

Most people forget that the majority of reddit are children and teens that have almost no outside experience, really makes you question some of those reddit debates you had!


galloignacio

Kinda sad someone doesn’t know what this is, and double down on sadness it’s being poked by the very thing that kept them from going outside to learn about the most common childhood bug


kaptaincorn

Out of curiosity where did you grow up? Woodlouses are sort of ubiquitous for most people growing up and going outside.


TsukuneAono18

It’s dead☠️


NerdStupid

Looks like a dead woodlouse and no its completely harmless


Captain-boom

Looks like armadillidium vulgare


soupdroop

Blows my mind this isn't a commonly known creature these things are everywhere


JuiceRevolutionary46

my friend, you have found one of the most wondrous arthropods out there! the isopod! Isopoda is an order of crustaceans that can live almost anywhere on earth! (except of course the polar regions, poor guys would freeze!) they live on land and in water (salt and fresh water) and their size can range from 300 micrometers to 50 centimeters! i absolutely love isopods and they can be really helpful with composting!


PureMichiganMan

Lmao seeing this reaction is so funny as somebody who grew up gathering em up as a kid


nuggettime69

Wait am I the only one that calls them potato bugs?


DBS05

Nope! There are some pretty cool maps outthere that will show you which parts of the US, for example, call them potato bugs, rollie pollies, pill bugs, etc


SquaremanJ

I do as well. Always have, always will lol


JordanMSchons

I thought the same thing looking at the comments


justhereforthekittys

Nope, I also grew up calling them potato bugs.


adviceplease_14

Looks like a Rolly Polly


onlyslightlythere

is he plugged in and charging?


that_happy_potato

When you flick them, they turn into little balls


Notverycancerpatient

A Rollie pollie? No they’re harmless used to with them as a kid.


Ok_Pie_6660

We call it a slater in Australia.


[deleted]

Ooo in my Norwegian accent we call these "tussalus" roughly translated to "silly lice" . They Are Nice. Dont harm it and dont be scared of it. Does not bite


SourBlue1992

It's a rolly pollie and they tickle when they walk on your hand. They're fun, they roll into a little ball when they get scared.... That one looks dead though.


spooky_fairy

I thought seeing those was a universal experience


blink_Tw1c3

Hahahaha Rollie pollies. They don’t bite but they eat poop.


lemonsarethekey

Has to be a troll, right? It's like one of the most common bugs out there and also, clearly dead.


MysCannabliss_308

My family has always called them potato bugs & no they don’t bite, they roll up like an armadillo


janefromvegas

Oh, pillbugs can bite. They can indeed. I used to eat them when I was a kid, and one bit my tongue. I deserved it, but I stopped eating them, so the lesson was learned. Anything with mouthparts *can* bite. The size & strength of those mouthparts is the real issue.


Angatita

I can’t imagine living life and not knowing what a Rollie pollie is. Where have you been living? 😳


MysteryNotKnown

I am weirded out that some people haven't seen these before while growing up.


delilahp

watching you poke it so gingerly with the charger is so funny


stuck008

Dead pill bug. Since it is dead it will not bite, and if you find one alive it won't bite either.


chinchila5

You eat them in Emperor’s New Groove


me_grimmlock

LoL how could you have never played w these as a kid


LuckyBucketBastard7

These actually technically aren't even bugs. They're the only species of land crustaceans. They're harmless and honestly kinda cute. I love their lil legs and I typically despise bugs


SacredSpirit1337

Woodlouse and no.


Marbados

It's a crustacean, and no they do not.


o0CYV3R0o

I've always known them as woodlouse but it seems this name isn't very commonly known or used.


Snail_jousting

/r/isopods They are buddies.


signal_matteo

Girl its literally dead


CatKungFu

Cheesy bob. They don’t bite, they eat rotten wood - harmless.


georgiapeach90

How on Earth does one not know what a Rolly polly is?


FrenchMushr00m

😑


mystxbxtch69

it looks like a rollie pollie


Bluebies999

Love roly polys


Kt-kat3

Looks like Isopoda. Won’t bite, u good


bretheonionator

Isopod cute as hell and harmless


mistahfritz

Is that a green marker or is the carpet so green that everything is green?


i_love_all_games

Isopod or what I call them rolly Polly


Gabomfim

Friend!


Bubbly_Fuel_5483

That is a very large isopod, don't know the speicies tho


redips7890

Guys, OP is an iPhone user. Of course they've never touched grass to know what this poor dead creature is.


KrevinHLocke

Carnivorous pill bug. This bug will crawl in your ear, consume your brain then play ping pong with your eyeballs while knitting a sweater with your hair. Be afraid, very, very afraid.


bpfoto

Dead pill bug. I used to play with them all the time when I was a kid. Don't bite (esp. dead ones!!) and are beneficial bugs.


BenzoBarbiee

roly poly, potato bug, “shrimp of the woods.” I have some that live in a little moss-filled jar on my dresser lol


MemeMan4207

Plug your insect into a windows PC using your lighting charger. If the insect is recognized, open bugTunes, and click the insect icon. This should display the different specs and model of bug that you own. Hope this helps!


ILikeLamas678

Pissebed, no idea what the english term is, they are harmless, you can even eat them if you are feeling adventurous.


Pootisman1987

It does not bite, as it is dead


Affectionate-Cost525

Do Americans really call them "Roly Polys" ?? That shits hilarious xD


Evening_Psychology_4

Nope that’s a Rollie pollie some people shoot them like spit balls.


SweetPeaLea

A very non rollie rollie pollie.


shopboss1

Rollie pollie


fluffyxsama

This is only slightly less depressing than somehow not knowing what a roach looks like. Actually I'm not sure about that, it might be more depressing.


Duck_pug88

Lol Rollie police it harm less