Pill Bug Characteristics

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Area Found:
This pill bug was found on campus, under a few rocks along the sidewalk. There were multiple specimens found in the same area. It was living in dirt on a rainy night.
Habitat:
Native to the Mediterranean and since introduced all over the world. They prefer the moist environments because of a waxy outer covering that does not allow them to retain water.
Diet:
They mostly eat the decomposing plant materials and seeds. A. vulgare can also feed on the roots of garden vegetables such as lettuce or carrots. It has been recorded that they also eat their own species when they note them to be injured or during molting.
Interaction with Humans:
Humans tend to find them in their homes in moist or damp areas such as basements, and in the
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The adult moths drink nectar.
Interaction with Humans:
Many people like to capture these caterpillars in the fall and winter months. They will watch them spin their cocoons and emerge a moth in the spring, when they will then be released back into nature.
Beneficial to Humans:
It is folklore that these caterpillars are known to predict how cold and long the winter months will be. The more black hairs there are, the longer, snowier and colder the winter will be. Or if the caterpillar has more of a red or rust center, the warmer and milder winter we will have. These caterpillars have 13 sections of their bodies supposedly representing the 13 weeks of winter. If the head side has more black sections, then the beginning of winter will be worse, or vice versa.
Notes:
The caterpillars hibernate through the winter before becoming adult moths. They become dormant by chilling them and keeping them cool. The caterpillars have been known to survive an entire winter completely frozen in an ice cube. Warmth stimulates them, and in an active state they require food.
Area
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In Britain they are known to be a pest in home flower and vegetable gardens.
Interaction with Humans:
These worms have been known to ruin winter crops. They are largely found in Idaho and Michigan in their winter wheat and alfalfa hay crops where N. pronuba has been eating what little green sprouts remain during the cold months.
Beneficial to Humans:
These worms are not very beneficial to humans, as they are destroying our winter crops.
Notes:
During the large infestation in Michigan in 2007, dogs began vomiting blood and passing whole larvae in their stool after eating these worms.
Studies in Europe suggest that N. pronuba females produce a male attracting pheromone.
They are also referred to as cutworms because they eat the stems of seedlings, theoretically cutting the plant down.
Area Found:
This centipede was found crawling on the wall of my basement.
Habitat:
Originating from the mediterranean region, this arthropod is now found worldwide. They prefer cool damp places outside. Inside the home, they can be found anywhere, but prefer basements and bathrooms which tend to be more humid.

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