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In defence of woodlice and their complicated sex lives

By Stuart Reynolds, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Bath
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Lots of adults dislike woodlice. Some are physically revolted by them. But this distaste is cultural rather than innate, since most small children are well-disposed towards woodlice and happy to handle them. Some people even keep them as pets.

Woodlice are tiny, don’t bite, move slowly and are generally unthreatening. They are part of biological processes essential to life. So what’s not to like?

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