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Woodlice (Roly-Poly and Pill bug)

What do roly polies taste like?

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Meredith Walsh
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2019-08-22 14:36:46
2019-08-22 14:36:46

If prepared well, they taste similar to shrimp. And yes, they’re edible.

Contrary to popular belief, roly polies (also known as pill bugs, doodle bugs, potato bugs, and by their scientific order name, Armadillidiidae) aren’t insects or arachnids. They’re land crustaceans, and as such, they’re more closely related to lobsters, crayfish, and shrimp.

As a general disclaimer, you shouldn’t eat random crustaceans you find walking across your basement, but if you decide to eat roly polies, they’re apparently fairly easy to prepare. The blog Off Grid Homestead Prepper recommends boiling them to sterilize them, then frying them in the oil of your choice.

“I regret not trying the sow bugs after boiling them but before frying them,” the writer notes. “I would like to know if there is a taste change because after frying with a little olive oil [because] all they tasted like was olive oil.”

“I ate about half and will probably throw the rest into a salad where the taste will be hidden. They would be fine to throw into a stew or soup if you were just trying to boost your protein levels.”

That doesn’t sound especially appetizing. Here’s another perspective.

“From my experience, some of them do in fact taste similar to shrimp,” writes Joe for the sustainable food blog Eat the Planet. “Any bug should be cooked before eaten, but some people eat them raw. They make a great sauce, or they can be added to soup. There are a lot of other ways to cook them including mixed with dough, egg, or rice.”

Joe notes that some pill bugs might be less edible than others, and he only recommends eating the wood lice that roll into little balls (since they’re less likely to be confused with non-edible bugs like pill millipedes). There’s no need to remove the shell.

You’ll need quite a few of them to make a meal, but they’re not poisonous to humans. Don’t eat any that smell bad, and if you notice a bad taste, stop eating. If you ever find yourself in a dire situation in which pill bugs are your only source of sustenance, that could be important knowledge.

And while roly polies aren’t technically insects, we should note that many insects are edible, and the United Nations has essentially advised people to eat more bugs in order to fight world hunger. The United States might be getting with it—the Seattle Mariners recently introduced fried grasshoppers as a concession at Safeco Field, and the dish quickly became one of the park’s most popular food options.

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2020-09-11 13:52:38
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I might try some, grab nests from my backyard and grill them in oil...snacks!!!

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2020-09-11 18:50:20
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They taste good you could also try them you know humans can eat bugs so...

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2020-09-11 15:12:04
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If eaten raw, right off the ground they taste like crunchy dirt. (I recommend cleaning, cooking, and seasoning them)

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2020-06-24 20:34:03
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They taste like shrimp I think y’all can try it and send a answer if you want lol

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Roly Polies live for an average of two to three years.


roly polies eat dead plants


Nope, roly polies are herbivorous, feeding on rotting leaves and such. ^^


They have a lot of tiny legs


roly polies or pill bugs can live up to three years


Actually Roly Polies are Pill Bugs called Armadillidiidae and they are Crustaceans and Arthropods.


Birds of all varieties and other small animals eat roly-polies.


They don't hold there breaths


Roly polies, a.k.a. Pillbugs, are not going to eat anything you'd want to eat from your garden. They live in damp dark places and eat mold and fecal pellets from insects and spiders.


They are little tiny white versions of their parents. Often found snuggled up among their mother's legs.


Roly Polies enjoy eating decomposing matter. This includes dying or dead leaves and fecal matter. They also enjoy some fresh fruits.


Roly polies are also known as pillbugs or potato bugs. They are actually woodlice. There are many species of pillbug but they belong to the family Armadillidiidae.


They live in dark, damp environments, so try looking under rocks, and sticks, and leaves.


Bigger roly-polies. They are Woodlice. Wiki has an article on Woodlice here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodlouse


No, the pill millipede is not an insect. It is a crustacean. Pill millipedes are similar in appearance to woodlouse, also known as roly-polies.


They are small multi-legged with a hard shell - when frightened they curl up in a ball, making them look like a little black pill, sometimes called "roly-polies".


rollie polies live in dark moist areas like under a rock



I think it is spelled like roly poly


Insects, myriapods, terrestrial crabs and woodlice are what garden bugs look like. Centipedes and millipedes number among a garden's myriapods. Pill bugs, also called doodle bugs and roly polies, serve as common examples of woodlice.


They eat decaying vegetation. But when I had one as a kid, I would always feed them dog poop, and they lived for about 5 months. roly plies live for 2-5 yrs


Rollie polies drink water.


I recently caught a baby mole. He likes dead roly-polies and milk. Some else who answered another question on hear said they eat insects and worms.


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