Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University System
Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University

Order Isopoda


Adults grow to about 3/8 inch long, have a number of rounded body segments and seven pairs of legs. Sowbugs possess a pair of tail-like structures on the back end of the body. Pillbugs do not have these structures and are capable of rolling into a tight ball when disturbed, a behavior that resulted in their common name, "roly-polies."

Arthropods in this order: pillbug, scud.

Sowbugs and pillbugs.  Photo by Drees.
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Sowbugs and pillbugs,
Photo by Drees.

From the book:
Field Guide to Texas Insects,
Drees, B.M. and John Jackman,
Copyright 1999, Gulf Publishing Company,
Houston, Texas

A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects, Bastiaan M. Drees and John A. Jackman.
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