The appearance of the blue pill bug

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  1. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I was working in my garden several years back when I spotted a blue pill bug (rolly polly, woodlouse, whatever you call Armadillidiidae). I was quite amazed. It was actually pretty. I did not know they came in that colour. Just did a search and found out it was sick and due for premature death. Invertebrate iridescent virus 31
     

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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    What a poignant story.
    It feels like a poem that needs to be written.

    It illustrates, also, what may be seen if we take the time to look.
    Nature holds a multitude of lessons.
     
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    Interesting, thanks for sharing. Too bad it's a disease and not a mutation, I would love to see blue pill bugs crawling around. Always love finding the blue snails, which thanks to your post I looked up and now know are Blue Glass snails. :)
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I found another shot of the bugger. You can compare it to a healthy one. I must say though as I recall the blue bug was active and vigorous.
     

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    vitog Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It's interesting that the range map for this disease in iNaturalist shows nothing closer to BC than California. I assume that it is much more widespread than indicated on the map; I've seen quite a few infected pill bugs myself recently. The season chart in iNaturalist shows a strong peak in February.
     

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