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Wood lice

Wood lice
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-12
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-11-12 10:42
Viewed: 24111
Points: 26
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Wood-lice (Oniscus muriarius)

I’ve been doing some gardening at home today and had to dig out an old tree stump.
The bark was peeling off so I pulled it back and lots of woodlice came running out.
I got my camera and took a few shots of the horrible things.The one that is diving for cover has some green patches on its back (algae?).

The adult wood louse is about 15mm in length, quite flat and slate grey in colour with a white fringe and seven pairs of legs. Wood lice are not insects but crustaceans and are members of the same family as Shrimp.They are infact quite edible and Wood-louse sauce is apparently an excellent sauce for fish…….I think I’ll give that a miss!!
Wood lice are usually found in damp areas and they are associated with dead and rotting vegetation and wood. They are often found beneath stones, flowerpots and other similar materials and nooks and crannies in the garden providing suitable cover.
There are about thirty-five species of wood lice and they are essentially garden creatures but will on occasions enter houses/buildings searching for protection from the onset of cold weather. These are usually the garden wood lice.
Once indoors they tend to group together mainly at the edges of carpets, floor coverings and under skirting boards. They can also be found in corners and dark places such as kitchen cupboards. If disturbed wood lice naturally curl up into a ball.
Life cycle...
The mature wood lice mate and the female produces up to one hundred and fifty eggs, which she contains inside her body in a brood pouch.
Once the eggs have hatched the young are released into the environment and are white in colour and around 2mm in length with six pairs of legs.
The wood louse takes up to a year to become full size and during this time they will grow an extra pair of legs.
Wood lice do not breed indoors, they usually only come inside to protect themselves from cold weather.

Photo cropped and sharpened USM 45%
Neatimage again on the background.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-12 10:43]

Andy, this is amazing. Very very good. Well Done

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-12 14:46]
  • [2]

I reckon that these are the first woodlice on here. I also reckon that those pictured are two different species. I have also heard that these can be cooked and eaten and taste very much like shrimp. Great shot Andy.

Very nice detail and the prespective with the different plans is very good. The composition is perfect. Great one!

Andy, Interesting critters captured with great detail in this their natural habitat. Sounds like ya rocked their little world in a big way! I like the fine texture seen in the bark & your POV that includes the green BG for needed color. Super note & Well done!!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-12 16:20]
  • [2]

Me encantan estos bichos Andy... de hecho tengo alguna imagen preparada sin publicar de uno de ellos.
Excelente composicion con 2 ejemplares con buen POV y perfecto encuadre y DOF.
El colorido,textura y brillo de estos pequeños blindados es maravilloso.

I enchant to me these tiny beasts Andy ... in fact I have some image prepared without publishing of one of them.
Excellent composition with 2 exemplars with good POV and perfect frame and DOF.
The colorful , texture and brightness of these small armored are wonderful.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-12 23:08]
  • [2]

The guys are posting all kinds of hand stands done by dragonflies, but you are the first to post one done by wood lice :)

Great sharpness, DOF and color in this shot and I like it a lot.

Thanks for posting

Very nice composition showing these critters. "I'd like a hake and chips with wood-louse sauce please!" Yukk, I'll pass as well. Nice shot and interesting note Andy. Well done.

wow, very nice shot!the seem to glow!good composition,excelent details and good colours, well done!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-16 1:53]

Too much good shots today, Andy. No time to comment all...
Classical critique: nice composition, great POV and DOF and a very sharp one. Is it OK?
No, I will take my time:
I count 6 different levels or plans in your picture including the BG and that provided a terrible DOF.

I am sure you have a great garden :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-07 21:37]
  • [2]

Andy, another great job. I think these guys are a little disgusting, but you did an excellent job.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-22 3:53]
  • [2]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique bien réalisée pour ces étonnants insectes. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Very Well Done !

Andy, who would ever think to eat these? And I want to know who would even know they taste like shrimp? I'll leave it up to you to try!
We call those roly-polys in the States.

Marvelous focus and great capture.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-25 6:25]
  • [2]

Hi Andy
I am trying to repay some debts, but it is rather difficult to find some posting where there is not already ample critiques/credit given.
What I can say about this one is, "Vely nice lice". The colours, DOF, and composition are all good.
Very well done and TFS.

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