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Clearing the dead moss


Clearing the dead moss



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Just look at the way it's put together, fascinating!

1 Jul, 2012

 

amazing creatures! i used to like watching these curl up into a ball when i was little, they lived under the crazy paving in the garden.

1 Jul, 2012

 

I squish them! ewwwwwww

1 Jul, 2012

 

I always feel guilty when I move a tub,and see them scurrying away....

1 Jul, 2012

 

They're good guys Pixi... You can't go exterminating everything that moves!!

1 Jul, 2012

 

lol ok! Sorry :(

1 Jul, 2012

 

I once heard that all the good guys are fast movers ...garden wise ! Lol.....they clear all the rubbish,Pixi ...:o)

1 Jul, 2012

 

oh dear I apologise to all Slaters!

1 Jul, 2012

 

Yes, Pixi, we call them slaters, too. I wonder, is this general throughout the country or just a Scottish thing?

1 Jul, 2012

 

Not sure..always called them that always hated them..but now I have respect! lol

1 Jul, 2012

 

never heard of slaters, where does that word come from?

1 Jul, 2012

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jean_hort/3696795831/ jsut found this..dont know where the name came from tho.

1 Jul, 2012

 

Never heared of Slaters either... Jean in that link is from Western Australia. So I guess the name has travelled.

1 Jul, 2012

 

Maybe..I dont know :)

1 Jul, 2012

 

thanks pixi

it has all sorts of names

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodlouse

1 Jul, 2012

 

Slaters
Talk about community living, their abundance knows no bounds. Slaters, also known as woodlice, sowbugs or pill bugs, generally ignore green plants, preferring decayed damp material. They are sensitive to hot, dry conditions and will die of dehydration if exposed too long, especially in their young moulting stages.

Slaters are beneficial insects in that they help breakdown organic matter, but if there is a population explosion, they have been known to dine on ripe, soft fruits touching the soil, such as strawberries, and very occasionally plant roots, and even young growth shoots.

1 Jul, 2012

 

Just looked as well Sticki.

Wiki

"Names include: "armadillo bug",[2] "boat-builder" (Newfoundland, Canada),[3] "carpenter" or "cafner" (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada),[4] "cheeselog" (Reading, Berkshire),[5] "cheesy bug" (North-West Kent),[6] "doodlebug" (also used for the larva of an antlion),[7] "pill bug" (usually applied only to the genus Armadillidium),[2] "potato bug",[8] "roly-poly",[8] "sow bug",[9] "roll up bug",[10] "chuggypig" or "chucky pig" (Devon),[11][12] "slater" (Scotland, New Zealand and Australia),[13][14][15] "gramersow" (Cornwall),[16] "butcher boy" or "butchy boy" (Australia),[17] and "wood bug" (British Columbia, Canada).[18]"

1 Jul, 2012

 

We are well educational this morning !!

1 Jul, 2012

 

Ah Scotland NZ and Oz! :)

1 Jul, 2012

 

Hahaha never googled so much in such a short sapce of time! lol

1 Jul, 2012

 

But they can eat strawberries and young shoots!

1 Jul, 2012

 

I like chuggypig best..butchy boy ?? mmm,not sure about that one ! Lol.Thanks for that,Pimms ..can't believe this little creature has so many varation of names..never heard of Slaters either ..

1 Jul, 2012

 

Simples,Pixi..don't grow strawberries lol ..and can't believe how quick you have both been,looking this up ! :o)

1 Jul, 2012

 

I dont have strawberries lol

1 Jul, 2012

 

They don't damage Strawbs Pixi..The slugs do that then the Slater (lol) comes for a nibble when the damage is already done.

1 Jul, 2012

 

I see,Pimms..sneaky little Slaters :o)

1 Jul, 2012

 

I'm surprised we Canadians have so many different names for them. Usually we are so agreeable ;)
Very informative you lot!
:)))

1 Jul, 2012

 

Look what you started, Pimpernel. Who would have thought this humble bug would give rise to so much discussion? It must be raining again!

1 Jul, 2012

 

Awesome close-up Pimp (added to my Favs). Woodlice in S.E. London but when I moved to Kent they were called Cheesy Bugs (as shown in the above list). Don't know what they're called here in Lancs, I'll have to ask around!

1 Jul, 2012

 

oh I see lol.

1 Jul, 2012

 

I just call 'em big wood lice!!

1 Jul, 2012

 

My OH has always called them flatbacks !..

1 Jul, 2012

 

Just wood lice for me as well...

Thanks Muddy ...

1 Jul, 2012

 

Thats right, Cheesy Bugs down here.
Always have been, Always will be!
Damm, I've got chocolate all over my keyboard, Lol.

1 Jul, 2012

 

Don't worry,Willi..i had crisps in mine the other day..sometimes it's Kit Kat ...but choccy digestives are the worst ! Lol.

1 Jul, 2012

 

Lol, it was crumbs off a big lump of Fruit & Nut.
I hate it when you get Digestive crumbs down your clevage, Lol.

1 Jul, 2012

 

I'm really hoping you are indeed female right now Willi ;0

2 Jul, 2012

 

I call them 'chookie pigs' an old fashioned name from a now 95 year old lady in wiltshire!!

2 Jul, 2012

 

Ha Lil, Whats wrong with Moobs! Lol.

2 Jul, 2012

 

Hahahaha! ;-))

2 Jul, 2012

amy
Amy
 

We call them Piggy -wigs , I wonder why they didn't evolve into something that would cut grass ?

2 Jul, 2012

 

remind me of robot wars!

2 Jul, 2012

 

Slaters in Northumberland too. No idea why :-)

2 Jul, 2012

 

Coz the are the colour of slate?

2 Jul, 2012

 

Love it! :D

3 Jul, 2012

 

great shot pimp, it reminded me i saw a pinky-red one the other day whats all that about, it was regular size??
i like the cheesy bug name better than boaring old woodlouse! :o)

4 Jul, 2012



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