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Is this a large sowbug? - Ligia

Is this a large sowbug? - Ligia
Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA
August 9, 2002
Size: about 1 inch
There were HUNDREDS of these on the docks around Jekyll Island. In fact, I had to stop a group of kids that were stomping on them. The bugs seemed harmless, in fact, the one in the picture crawled right up onto my hand. They sort of hopped like a cricket, but without the large hind legs. Their head sort of resembled a cricket, also. I asked about them at the local nature center, but they didn't know what they were.

Moved from Rock Slaters.

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Actually, yes, I do. Unfortunately, I am out of town for another week and a half. When I get home, I will search through my images. Plus, I now have a huge desire to go hunting for new subjects! I sure wish I had my camera with me!
Leslie Durham

Thanks to you a whole new family has been added to the guide. Do you have more interesting stuff?

Thank You!
Thank You. We took that photo (3 years ago) in order to get an ID on it, I am glad we actually managed to do so. By the way, I read on others about moving the image once it's identified. I am new to this site, do I move it? And if so, how?
Leslie Durham

You can always refer to the help tab or...
Click the "tag" button, then click this link. Then click the "move tagged images" button. Normally you would have to look up the page to move it to yourself, but I gave you this link to make it easier.

I believe
This is a Rock Slater or sea slater, Ligia sp. See this site.

check it, yo'
That is in fact related to sowbugs. It is an isopod, like the sowbugs. Here is a good web reference to ispods. In the Bibliography you will even find a reference to isopods of Georgia!

Good for you!
You were right in stopping those kids from killing these innocent creatures. Sow bugs, pill bugs, wood lice, they are all more beneficial than harmful. They contribute to the recycling of dead leaves, etc., thus improving the soil. They also become food for frogs, toads and other small creatures. True, some of them can damage some plants, but the good far outweighs the bad.
Somebody more knowledgeable than me will be able to tell you more about the ID of this one.
Thanks for posting this nice picture.

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