Name: Water louse
Scientific name: Asellus aquaticus
Nature Stars: 20
About: One of two water louse species in the UK and can be found in garden ponds, stagnant water pools and slow running streams. They can breed all year round, and the female carries the eggs in a white pouch underneath her body.
How to identify: This Minibeast can grow up to 10mm long, has 6 pairs of legs and has 9 segments of its body.
Where: Found all around the UK, but they are less common in the colder north.
Fantastic fact: Water louse mature quicker in higher temperatures. They can fully grow in 6 months in hotter temperatures, but can take up to 2 years to grow in cold water!