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If your bug has seven pairs of legs it is probably a woodlouse


Woodlice are not insects. They belong to another group of arthropod called crustaceans and are related to animals like crabs, lobsters and shrimp.

There are 37 different species of woodlouse in Britain, and they live all over the country. If you want to find out more about woodlice, click on one of the links below.

Woodlice oddities
Woodlice recipes - yuck!*

*The Museum cannot take any responsibilty for the quality or safety of the recipes listed.
Photo courtesy of H. Artensen - www.gardensafari.net

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