For the convince in work and avoiding taxonomic constraints, the arthropods were categorized into morphologically similar groups (morpho- groups) and closely related species or morpho-species were clustered in their respective morpho-group i.e., ants, spiders, ladybird beetles, ground beetles (predators), sow bugs
, cockroaches (scavengers), hairy caterpillars and field crickets (phytophagous).
"Why do we have those huge roly-polies in the flower bed?" Sow bugs
are often mistaken for large pill bugs, or roly-polies, because they can roll into a loose ball when threatened.
Gribble worms, genus Limnoria, are isopod crustaceans about the size of a grain of rice that resemble common sow bugs
. The grey body comprises 14 segments, and the seven segments immediately behind the head each bear a pair of legs with tiny lobster-like claws.
Some time ago, entomologists studying wasps and wood lice (which most of us call sow bugs
) noticed that some species of these insects reproduce parthenogenetically, that is, without males (in fact without mating) and produce only (or mostly) female offspring.
Commonly known as woodlice, sow bugs
or pillbugs, they are widely distributed through the state.
Suspended off the ground, they stay out of reach of slugs, snails, and sow bugs
. It takes longer to plant in a basket than in the ground or in a jar, but patient gardeners are rewarded with a beautiful eye-level crop.