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Woodlice may look like insects, but in fact they’re crustaceans and are related to crabs and lobsters. A woodlice has 14 legs and an outer shell called an exoskeleton. When a woodlouse grows too big for its exoskeleton it has to moult to allow a new shell to take its place. Woodlice eat rotting plants, fungi and their own faeces, but they don’t pee! They get rid of their waste by producing strong-smelling chemical called ammonia, which passes out through their shells as a gas. After mating, females carry their fertilised eggs in a small brood pouch under their bodies.
Aphids are tiny (adults are under ¼-inch), and often nearly invisible to the naked eye. Various species can appear white, black, brown, grey, yellow, light green, or even pink! Some may have a waxy or woolly coating. They have pear-shaped bodies with long antennae; the nymphs look similar to adults. Most species have two short tubes (called cornicles) projecting from their hind end. While aphids in general feed on a wide variety of plants, different species of aphids can be specific to certain plants. For example, some species include bean aphids, cabbage aphids, potato aphids, green peach aphids, melon aphids, and woolly apple aphids.
Gryllotalpa africana, or the African Mole Cricket, is a chunky and cylindrical, medium-sized insect. They don’t jump, but they do create a loud, droning buzz when they fly. African Mole Cricket can be a significant garden pest. They’re attracted to damp or wet environments, attacking the roots of plants and grasses. They’re also known to graze on strawberries and potato tubers.