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Florida Beach Bug

Florida Beach Bug
Mexico Beach, Bay County, Florida, USA
July 9, 2012
Size: 1-1.5 inches
I've seen these for years all along the Florida Gulf Coast. They general reside on rocks near the water rather than on the sand. They are quick as lightning (forgive the poor picture, they don't let you get very close!). When you get near, they scatter like roaches but I estimate they aren't closely related.

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It looks like an isopod - a type of crustacean, like crabs and shrimp, but in a different grouping of Crustacea. Another common example of Isopoda is the "rolly-polly" or pillbug.

I was kind of thinking that b
I was kind of thinking that but, while hard to see in this picture, it seemed to have too many legs for a crustacean. Then again, when you move that fast, your legs are all a blur! HA!

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