Dear Bugman,
What is the scientific name for rollie pollies and what do they eat? Are the on the website?
Thanks. Mom Adams

Dear Mom Adams,
We just got a question about Pill Bugs or Sow Bugs, which are Isopods, not true insects. The common Pill Bug goes by the scientific name Armadillidium vulgare. They are omniverous and eat young and decaying plant material. We had not heard of the common name Rollie Pollie until our student Betina mentioned it. Thank you for reaffirming that local term.

9 Responses to Rollie Pollies

  1. sarah says:

    completely off topic but can camel spiders eat these?

  2. Casey says:

    To be honest i just want to know everything about these little guys why they are not “real” insects just what in the world are they i used to mess with them when i was young

  3. Jenn says:

    Has any one ever seen a purple rollie pollie and why the heck is he purple?????

  4. jessica says:

    I would really like to know what pill bugs/rollie pollies prefer to eat. As in, what attracts them more, fruits or vegetables? I have a project about them.

  5. Coribear says:

    I lived in Northern Utah until age 8 and we always called them rolly pollies. Once I move to Nebraska they called them potato bugs. Just curious Bug Man, where do you live?

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