Rosy Woodlouse - Androniscus dentiger

Description

A. dentiger is a small woodlouse, at only 6 mm long, and is characteristically pink or orange in colour, with a yellow stripe along the midline of the dorsal surface, which divides in two towards the animal's tail. It has large eyes for its size and a granular exoskeleton.

Habitat

Damp, shaded places such as under stones and logs in gardens, quarries and caves, especially in lime rich areas.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Feeds on dead plant matter.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map