#274 Millipede (Cylindroiulus sp.)

03 December

One species of a family of millipedes in the order Julida, containing more than 600 species in around 20 genera. Its members are largely confined to the Western Palaearctic, with only a few species extending into the Oriental and Afrotropical realms. They are united by a characteristic form of the mouthparts, and are classified in the superfamily Juloidea of the order Julida,

#273 Common Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum)

02 December

Non-native – a common European woodlouse. It is widespread in Europe, the British Isles and is found from southern Scandinavia to the Ukraine and Greece. It has also spread to Washington and many states in New England, also the mid-Atlantic states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as Nova Scotia

#210 “Snake” Millipede (Cylindroiulus sp.)

28 September

A member of the Julida order of millipedes. Members are mostly small and cylindrical, typically ranging from 10–120 millimetres (0.39–4.72 in) in length. Eyes may be present or absent, and in mature males of many species, the first pair of legs is modified into hook-like structures. Additionally, both pairs of legs on the 7th body segment of males are modified into gonopods

#41 Common Striped Woodlouse

Common Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum)

9 April

Now for something really exciting … who needs all those flashy birds and butterflies when you can enjoy not only a woodlouse, but an alien woodlouse from Europe. It is quite remarkable the number of species in a long-settled location such as Montreal Island that are aliens brought here more or less unwillingly by our ancestors. Nevertheless, there he is and he is contributing to the 1000 species – can’t afford to let stuff get away unidentified in these months of sociual distance and lockdown we are enjoying.

Woodlice have a basic morphology of a segmented, dorso-ventrally flattened body with seven pairs of jointed legs, specialised appendages for respiration and like other peracarids, females carry fertilised eggs in their marsupium, through which they provide developing embryos with water, oxygen and nutrients. The immature young hatch as mancae and receive further maternal care in some species. Juveniles then go through a series of moults before reaching maturity.