Word of the day: Lapidicolous

(The word of the day is a random word on a random page of the Torre-Bueno Glossary of Entomology)

Lapidicolous; living under deeply imbedded stones.

This word made me think of being a kid (and, well, up through to the present day), flipping rocks and looking for insects.

The deepest rocks usually only have worms underneath, but sometimes there are centipedes, millipedes, sowbugs, diplurans, beetle grubs… you just never know until you look. Maybe a salamander or a snake!

I’m a pain in the butt to go on walks with. While my family wants to talk and enjoy the scenery, I want to stop every couple of minutes to flip rocks and logs. Luckily I inherited this compulsion from my father, so he usually helps me.

Posted on May 10, 2012, in Invertebrates, Word of the day. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Adding this word to my vocabulary as we speak. Does it apply to insects only, or would it apply to all herps?

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