Entomology (Study of Bugs)/mystery bug


I found this bug on the porch march 13, I originally thought it was a small rock until it started to crawl away.  I live in Chesapeake va. It is a sandy color and texture and when I went to try and capture it, it didn't roll up as much as it folded in half.  My girls and I are curious to what it is and hope you can help. It reminds me of a potato bug. It has tiny legs that u can barely make out. It just looks like a clump of wet sand about a quarter inch long.  It is probably a very common bug that we never noticed before because of its amazing camouflage. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for you time.


If you had intended to attach an image with your question, it did not come through....

In any event, you are not talking about an insect or arachnid, but a land crustacean, probably a "woodlouse."  Here's a jumping off point:


If this is *not* what you are describing, then I need at least an image to look at.  There *are* some beetles that fold like you describe, but they are not often seen.


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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