March 2, 2012

what do you call these?

Today there was a giant migration of little bugs on our driveway. I noticed it when I was taking the trash out and it was just so fun and random that I had to stop and take a quick picture.

These bugs bring up a very important question. I believe the answer says a lot about a person. The question is this: what do you call these bugs?







I call them doodlebugs. I think this is the most correct answer to the question. This is a hotly debated topic in our household, as my husband believes the answer to be rolly-pollies. After years of hard work and communication, we've come to a level of tolerance for each other's preference. Most of our unity has been found in this fact: they should never, under any circumstance, be referred to as pill bugs. That is ridiculous. And more wrong than anything. Ever.


Also, isn't it fun that this little guy has a green stripe on his back? Fun what you can see with a lil magnification.

Also, if you are one of those people, who calls them pill bugs, feel free to explain yourself in the comments. I just don't get it. But I am willing to try.

12 comments:

  1. I'm going to agree with your hubby on this. Definitely called rolly-pollies. Why? Because they're roll, they're rolly.

    As cute as the name "doodle bug" is, I have never ever in my life seen one doodle :)

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    1. That is the cutest explanation I have ever heard. :)

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  2. Role-y pole-ys pheontic is best.

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  3. I'm thinking if most of your readers are Texan, they will agree with Evan as I do. Because they roll around in a ball, thus rolly being a perfect descriptive name. I've never heard them called doodlebugs, but that's such a fun name as well! Pillbug is certainly too ugly of a name for such a fun bug. Ella and I have had lengthy discussions each morning this week in our driveway talking about the endless possibilities of fun with roly-polys. Why do we each spell that word differently? What a controversial creature! ;)

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  4. I call them doodle bugs but Mimi says pill bugs.

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  5. While I grew up calling them Roley Polies (which now that I read it, sure does look like a racial slur), I have heard them called many other things including pill bugs, and sow bugs. As you can see(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodlouse#Common_names), there are many ridiculous names for the common woodlouse, although pill bug and roley polie is unique to the species we have here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armadillidium_vulgare).

    Not to get even more nerdy over here, but as they are a crustacean (like crabs, etc) and not an insect or arachnid, I think "pill bug" is a misnomer as most people use the moniker "bug" to refer to insects and arachnids only, if not insects exclusively.

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  6. I am the weird one and will tell you that those are Potato Bugs! :) Thats what my family called them!

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  7. Well, it appears Evan has the world on his side. I still say doodle... :)

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  8. Growing up in Illinois, we called them Potato Bugs too, Megling. ^^)

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