Ant Woodlouse - Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi


    Size up to 4mm. Ant woodlice are completely off white, perhaps due to their underground lifestyle in ants nests. The ants seem to be quite comfortable sharing their homes with these ghostly white miniature woodlice.

    Identification difficulty

    Nearly always found in the underground nests of ants.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Tolerated by the ants possibly because the woodlice keep the nest clear of droppings. The dark underground environment does not seem to hinder the woodlice, and it is thought this could be because they are blind.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in southern Britain less so further north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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