Creepy-crawlies in the air... dragonflies, wasps, hover flies, bumblebees, gnats, butterflies,

                                        midges, house flies, moths, lacewings, dance flies, mosquitoes,

 Creepy-crawlies on vegetation... ladybirds, froghoppers, crab spiders, aphids, leaf beetles,

                                               shield bugs, crickets, barklice, grasshoppers, stick insects,

 Creepy-crawlies on the ground... woodlice, earthworms, millipedes, tiger beetles, scorpions,

                                               earwigs, carrion beetles, wolf spiders, slugs, centipedes,



























Creepy-Crawly Poetry - Home


Welcome to - on this website you'll find loads of poems on every kind of creepy-crawly you can think of! From insects such as bees and wasps, to arachnids such as spiders and harvestmen. From myriapods such as centipedes and millipedes, to molluscs such as slugs and snails.


Here's a quick quide to the various different types of creepy-crawly;


Insects: have six legs and three body parts; the head, the thorax and the abdomen. Most insects have wings but not all choose to fly. The most common group of insects are beetles - of which there are 370,000 species worldwide.





Arachnids: have eight legs and two body parts; the cephalothorax and the abdomen. The cephalothrorax is the head and the thorax fused together. The most common group of arachnids are spiders - of which there are 40,000 species worldwide.





Molluscs: are usually found in the water, but there is a group of molluscs called gastropods which includes terrestial slugs and snails. Gastropods have slimy bodies covered in mucus and they glide around on their bellies which are called their feet. The word gastropod literally means 'belly-foot'.




Crustaceans: are also usually found in the water and (apart from terrestial crabs) the only species of crustaceans found on dry land are woodlice and sea slaters. Their bodies are covered by a tough exoskeleton for protection and they breathe through abdominal gills.


Myriapods: have long, flexible, segmented bodies with many pairs of legs. Centipedes have flat bodies with one pair of legs per segment, whilst millipedes have cylindrical bodies with two pairs of legs per segment. The most common group of myriapods are millipedes - of which there are 10,000 species.





Annelids: have long, tubular bodies composed of numerous rings or segments. Leeches may be found in ponds and lakes, whilst earthworms may be found in the soil. For earthworms the pointed end is the head and the blunt end is the tail. 2009 Privacy Policy Terms of Use

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