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Armadillidiidae

Armadillidiidae is a family of woodlice, a terrestrial crustacean group in the order Isopoda. Unlike members of other woodlouse families, members of this family can roll into a ball, an ability they share with the outwardly similar but unrelated pill millipedes and other animals. This ability gives woodlice in this family their common names of pill bugs, roly polies, or doodle bugs. The best known species in the family is Armadillidium vulgare, the common pill bug.

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In a modest experiment conducted at Platte County High School, pill bugs were placed in a double roomed choice chamber, one side of which consistently contained a somewhat chubby guinea pig. Surprisingly, the pill bugs did not in fact enjoy the presence of the mammal, and fairly consistently preferred the side lacking it.

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