Daylilies forum: what is this little bug?

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Name: Sabrina
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cybersix
Jun 13, 2017 9:47 AM CST
Hello... I found many of these under the pots. They are small, less than 1 cm. and they hide ... when I pick up the pots I can see 4 or 5 of them, running to find another place where to hide.

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thanks in advance!
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jun 13, 2017 9:50 AM CST
In England we used to call them woodlice, I think in North America they are pillbugs.

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Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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cybersix
Jun 13, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Thanks Sue!
So it's a beneficial bug. I will let them undisturbed but.. I bought diatomaceous earth because there are several worms, larvae, earwigs living inside the plants and eating leaves. They will be harmed I think?
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Name: Pat Strong
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Pat236
Jun 13, 2017 10:50 AM CST
We called them roly poly when growing up. I've never known the scientific name., but they were always under rocks and if you picked them up they roll up in a little ball. I think they enjoy decaying leaves, and I've never had a problem with them eating my daylilies.
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jun 13, 2017 10:59 AM CST
Here is an article about them, I have read about them causeing problems with live plants. Some people swear it is this creature doing the damage. I grew some hosta from seed and I also thought it was this little critter doing the damage to them. I have never had any daylily damage from them. They have been my friends since childhood.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Jun 13, 2017 2:31 PM CST
I also called them roly polys growing up. I have never had any problems with them harming my plants.
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Name: Diana
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ShakespearesGarden
Jun 14, 2017 6:39 PM CST
I have had them eat a hosta or two- only one variety thought. I often find them at the bottom or on the underside of pots...
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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Jun 17, 2017 3:33 PM CST
InBritain they are Woodlice (woodlouse-singular).

My niece used to call them Lovemice/lovemouse when she was very young which I think is a lovely name for them and should be adpoted more widely! Smiling
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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cybersix
Jun 18, 2017 4:22 AM CST
Thanks everyone.
I don't see many of them. Today I used diatomaceous earth in the garden, there's an arny of earwigs eating and pooping in my daylilies. I guess these bugs will be harmed too, but I had to do something to get rid of earwigs.
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