Investigating Woodlice

Woodlice are crustaceans they belong to the same sub-phylum as crabs and lobsters.


  • Choice chamber. (Light and dark sections)
  • Woodlice.
  • Timer.


  1. Put 5 woodlice into the chamber.
  2. Replace the lid.
  3. Time 60 seconds.
  4. Count the number of woodlice in each section of the chamber.

Risk Assessment

Woodlice live in soil and leaf litter, there is a risk of infection from soil bacteria. Ensure that you wash your hands after handling them. Invertebrates are living creatures and should be returned to their natural habitat unharmed after the investigation.

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