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or pill bug  (pĭl′bŭg′)
1. See woodlouse.
2. Any of various woodlice of the family Armadillidiidae, having the ability to roll into a tight ball. Also called doodlebug, roly-poly.
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Well he wasn't laughing then, or even crying, just being real quiet, curled in a ball on the concrete like a pillbug.
Other students discussed how they integrated student writing, "We put together My Pillbug Book where students recorded what they observed, their habitat, and any questions that may have about pillbugs" (Group 5/wr7/hallie).
However, after they came home and showed the houses they had built, they quickly returned to the pillbug collection.
The minute they spotted the first pillbug, garden soil flew, hens' feet became yellow blurs, and the chickens' heads bobbed up and down like runaway sewing machines.
Or look for a millipede lookalike called a pillbug (also known as a sowbug or wood louse).
Animals such as the horseshoe crab, which mates at night, and Bathynomus giganteus, a giant deep-sea cousin of the pillbug, have evolved eyes suited for a world of dim light.
Rounding out the bug cast is Michael McShane (whose feature film roles include playing Friar Tuck in the 1991 version of "Robin Hood"), who does double duty providing voices for Tuck & Roll, identical twin Hungarian pillbug acrobats who don't understand a word of English.
Compensable losses include as well pest infestation caused by nematodes, symphylans, slugs and snails, sow bugs and pillbugs, parasitic higher plants and other parasites and loss of life and/or injury to the qualified agrarian reform beneficiary due to accident or any of the aforementioned causes.
239) The standard contract of OneGuard Home Warranties provides coverage for a pest control treatment upon payment of the applicable service fee, which includes eradication of pests such as "ants, carpenter ants, roaches, crickets, spiders, ground beetles, earwigs, silverfish, millipedes, centipedes, pillbugs, sowbugs, [and] clover mites.
They argue that shipworms, pillbugs and gribbles (a collection of mollusc and crustacean species all of which are categorised as marine woodborers) have been almost entirely overlooked by environmental history, despite exerting a substantial impact on social, economic and political dynamics.