Why Do People Find Roly-Polies Cuter Than Other Insects?

Many people remember playing with roly-polies—or pill bugs, or potato bugs, pick your regional term—as children, letting them walk over our hands and watching them roll into little balls when disturbed. Most of us probably don't have the same fond memories of ants or cockroaches. But why? What makes roly-polies seem cute when other insects just seem gross? It may come down to their ancestry. Watch the video below to learn more.

Roly Polies Came From the Sea to Conquer the Earth

Roly polies aren't really insects at all.

Listen To A Centipede's Footsteps

With a super-sensitive microphone and the right room, you can hear amazing things.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Listen to what a maggot sounds like as it's moving across a table: 00:35

  2. Hear what a centipede's footsteps sound like: 01:39

  3. Hear the sounds of a snail snacking on a lettuce leaf: 02:35

Written by Curiosity Staff January 17, 2017

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