Isopods! Another of my strange little obsessions. I love these little guys (and the not-so-little ones, too)!
   Isopods are crustaceans—not insects—known by many names, including "roly-polies," "pill bugs" and "woodlice."
   They come in many many colors and patterns...
   ...and sizes!
   Yep, that last one, pictured next to an adult human hand, is as much an isopod as the roly polies you played with on the pavement as a child. The Giant Isopod lives deep in the ocean, feeding on detritus such as whale carcasses. And also alligators, apparently.
   You can actually interact (gently!) with real live giant isopods in a touch tank at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounter in Marathon, Florida. (I really really want to go do this someday!)
Giant Isopod touch tank in Marathon, Florida
   That's about all I've got for you on isopods for now, but if you want more, there's another isopod shrine on Neocities! This one I believe is still a work in progress, but there's a great info page and a "Which Isopod Are You?" Quiz! Click the screenshot on the left below to go check it out!
   Also, the artist pikaole does the most adorable drawings of all sorts of creatures, including lots of isopod pieces! I highly recommend their work as it's truly some of my very favorite. Click on the swimming isopod on the right to go to their Tumblr blog (where you can find links to their other pages as well)!
screenshot of the main page of Casiopea's isopod shrine a swimming cartoon representation of a giant sea isopod

a cartoon isopod