Ms. Serafin made a pill bug friend out in the garden last week. Everyday since, when we went out side, she would dig into the dirt till she found a rolly-polly and said, "Look Mom! I found Lasia (the name of said bug)". When it was time to put Lasia back where she found her, she was always sad.
One afternoon the hubby decided to learn about "keeping" pill bugs so Serafin might not have to part too far from her new friend. It really isn't all that hard. Pill bugs actually live for 2-3 years and make pretty awesome bug pets, if you're into that kind of thing. They eat mould, left overs and even bug poop, all stuff that is in the soil naturally. You can add food to their habitat by including potatoe peels, ground up egg shell and any other goodies you might think would make good compost.
To make a pill bug's home, you just be sure to have a container that is big enough for them to wonder, is moist, dark and rich with soil. For water you can use a spray bottle and moisten the soil every now and then when it begins to look dry. It's also important to be sure to include an entire pill bug "family" as they are social creatures and don't like to be alone. We have about 20 pill bugs in our little habitat now and Serafin enjoys watching them wonder. Sometimes she will pick one up and let it walk all over her hands and arms. Yup, she definitely loves them and I love that she loves bugs!