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It’s an isopod. Commonly called a woodlouse or sowbug (as Todd noted). It’s not 
one that can roll itself into a perfect sphere, but can roll up a little. 
Usually roly-poly refers to those species that can ball up into spheres for 
defense.  It’s from outdoors and come in around doorways, windows, up on walls, 
cracks in foundations, and live under rocks, logs, in leaf litter and mulch, 
etc.
When these die (as in other arthropods as well) they become food for foraging 
dermestid beetle larvae.

Louis N. Sorkin, B.C.E.
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Sent: Friday, December 29, 2017 12:35 PM
To: pestlist@museumpests.net
Subject: Re: [pestlist] FW: Bug

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Dear Lisa

Looks like an isopod (not an expert, but possibly a rolypoly/woodlouse). Not a 
threat to collections. Unless someone has been moving rotting wood or leaf 
litter through the museum,  it probably came from outside on somone’s shoes.

Best

JP

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This was found on a wall in a gallery.  Does anyone have thoughts on its ID?  
Not something we've seen before.

Thanks in advance.

Lisa Bruno
Carol Lee Shen Chief Conservator
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
P 718-501-6562




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