Naturalist Mark Fraser shows us this crustacean, which lives right in most of our backyards.
Mark says it is a true crustacean "just
like a crab or a shrimp."
He admits that woodlice is "not the friendliest sounding name, but it is a harmless
adaptable little species that feeds on decaying plant matter."
"Isopods are a
success story and there are over 4000 species worldwide. They have
adapted to take advantage of the moisture under logs, leaves and compost
piles, allowing them to no longer need to live underwater like the rest
of their family."
Predators who hunt them include birds, centipedes and the infamous woodlice spider.
"So the next time you
flip over a log or some leaves and spot one of these amazing little
creatures," Mark says, "remember they are not insects, but our own backyard