Warren Maguire of the University of Edinburgh and me have been running a small online survey about traditional names for a certain creepy-crawly. this is a fascinating creature with a very unusually diverse set of names in traditional dialects and child speech - over 300 that we know of so far. we still need lots more responses, so please do help us out! you can take the survey here: isopod-names survey

while we wait for the full results, here are some previews of the most common names we've come across (click on each map to see it full size)...












are any of these names familiar? or perhaps you say something completely different? either way, please do fill in the survey and share it with your friends and family!