Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Poor blue critter

I put a few sunflower seeds in the ground. And suddenly I saw a woodlouse with a weird color! Normally, these critters are gray. Maybe a little brown. However, this was one was blue. I ran inside and got my camera.

Ik stopte een paar zonnebloempitten in de grond. En opeens zag ik een pissebed met een vreemde kleur. Normaal zijn ze toch grijs? Deze was blauw. Parelmoer. Ik rende naar binnen om mijn fototoestel te pakken.

A virus
I searched on the Web for the blue ones. But,  oh no ... I found out that its blue color is caused by a virus. When a little woodlouse is infected, it turns blue. He'll usually die within a short time (one week after infection).

Ik zocht op het internet naar blauwe pissebedden. Maar nee, ik ontdekte dat de blauwe kleur veroorzaakt werd door een virus. Als het beestje geïnfecteerd is, wordt het blauw. En binnen een week gaat ie dood.

In Dutch this animal is called: bedwetter (pissebed).


  1. A blue woodlouse, never saw that before! And I laughed at its Dutch name:) Aloha!

  2. Hello, I have never heard of a woodlouse. It is weird that turns blue from a virus! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy week ahead!

  3. Never heard of a woodlouse either. It's interesting that it turn blue because of the virus.

  4. Nog nooit gezien.
    Goed dat je het opgezocht hebt.

    Groettie van Patricia.

  5. jammer voor het beestje..

    heb dit zelf nog nooit gezien

    prettige dag

  6. blue woodlouse is strange

  7. Great macro shots! How interesting about this little bug. Yes, poor little blue bug.

  8. I would run in for my camera to snap photos of this little guy! Very unusual but sad to learn of its demise, poor wee thing!

  9. Poor bug, his short life has brought some pleasure at least -- such beautiful pictures, such a wonderful color. Sad to know it isn't a good thing for him. I have never seen such a pretty blue bug. His Dutch name made me smile 'pissebed'..... Bill (husband) had a dear great-aunt who would call people 'pissant' when she got mad. The heritage is German, but I expect the languageis close to yours. (We didn't speak German, but we always knew what she meant ;>))

  10. Well, this is the second thing I learned new from you today! How interesting!


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