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Blue woodlouse - Porcellio scaber

Blue woodlouse - Porcellio scaber
Fairfield, IL, Wayne County, Illinois, USA
May 22, 2009
I was adding some irises to an old bed when a spot of brilliant blue caught my eye in the dirt. Reminded me of the turquoise I used to find in ant hills in New Mexico as a boy, but this was moving.

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Moved
Moved from Woodlice.

 
I wonder if the other woodlice can see this color...
...and be warned to stay away! It seems like it would be on the right end of the color spectrum if their vision is anything like that of most insects.

P scaber
The species is Porcello scaber.

Blue woodlouse
Neat find. The woodlouse is that color because it is infected with an iridovirus. There is a more extreme example here.

 
Thanks
Charlie. Another amazing factoid to astound my kids with. Hmmm . . . I wonder if I can somehow work this around to talking about Herpes and HPV and AIDS and . . . wouldn't it be cool if everyone infected with them turned blue?!

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