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 -

Velvet Mites


These arachnids are bright red or orange in colour and their bodies are covered in dense hairs which gives them a velvety appearance. Like all mites they feed on blood - particularly the blood of insects like grasshoppers and also various species of spiders. They mainly live in or on the soil, but when spring comes they can be found crawling about on tree trunks. You need to look carefully though, because they are only 2-5mm small.



     Velvet Mite be Soft


Imagine if you bought a pillow

that was stuffed with velvet mites!

Would it be soft and luxurious

or would you suffer from sleepless nights?

Because what if the mites were still alive

squirming and writhing under your head?

You'd probably wish you'd bought a pillow

that was stuffed with polyster fibres instead!





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