Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Hi Jerry,
Well...here I go again...another factoid of a multi decade debate with layfolk about "pill bugs" and "sow bugs," which are not a bug or any other type of insect as they have gills, and are actually a land crustacean. I am still waiting (35 years now...maybe this will be the one) where someone finds a garden variety of this animal that is actively eating a living plant...I am still waiting.
These little guys are "garbage people" and eat decaying veg matter...(with very small mouth parts) and do not eat (or not very well or effectively at all) living plants. Yes...yes...I know..."it has to be them, I see nothing else," or my other favorite..."they are all over the place...I know its them..."
I have seen even neotropical giant varities (and breed them in captivity)...guess what...they die if not given rotting veg matter...
So, if you have a picture of a sow bug or pill bug activly eating a plant...let me please see it. I am one of those "naturalist geeks" that has actually sat (for up to five hours) with a "convinced" gardener that it is the sow bugs eating there plants...guess what...it has always turned out to be a slug, snail, catipiller, hopper, or some other nocternal villian and the little pill bug is just there eating there other favorite food....poop!
Nice littel link about "pill and sow bugs."
I think they mainly eat early morning and late evening while its darkish,