Oniscus sp. (6)
|Common woodlouse (Oniscus asellus)- very common crustacean,from Isopoda family, which we can find in almost every dark, wet places full of rotting wood, plants and other organic materials, also popular locator of our houses- can be find in kitchen, garage, basement.|
I always wonder why in Polish language it is called "stonoga"- where "sto" means hundred and "noga"- leg.. we can easly see that this small creature has just a seven pairs of legs;)
He has quite specific behaviour: "Oniscus asellus has reflexes such as running away or rolling into a ball upon seeing a predator. Upon meeting, these woodlouse tap each others antenna as if swapping messages. After a moult, the woodlouse may eat its own exuvia to reabsorb the calcium carbonate. Oniscus asellus can reproduce both sexually and asexually. In sexual reproduction, which usually occurs in the dark, the male courts the female by waving his antennae at her. During reproduction the male climbs onto the female's back. He licks her head and taps her back with his front set of legs. The male will then move into a diagonal position to one side, he then bends his body under her so his genitalia reach her genital opening on the opposite side. Sperm is transferred within 5 minutes, the process is then reversed and the male approaches from the other side." (from:'Wikipedia')
This is another shoot taken from my favourite macro-hunt place in Rozel Bay, Jersey.
Quite disturbing for the composition are the white areas in the background on the left, but in spite of this, I think it's interesting photo.
I hope You like it too!