Scientific name: Isopoda
Nature Stars: 20
About: Woodlice feed on mildew and rotting, plants, and can be very numerous in compost heaps or under rocks in the garden. There are about 30 species in Britain, which range from pink to brown to grey in colour, and grow up to 1.5cm. Very difficult to tell species apart, aside from the pill woodlouse.
How to identify: Apart from the pill woodlouse, most of the other species are very difficult to tell apart
Fantastic fact: Woodlice are crustaceans, relatives of crabs and lobsters.
Photograph credit: Dr Malcolm Storey