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 - Action!


Do you want to encourage 'friendly' creepy-crawlies to live in your garden? Or come to visit it? Friendly creepy-crawlies are ones that do a lot of useful work such as pollinating plants and feeding on pests, and also ones that are just pretty to look at. Here are some tips for enticing these kinds of creatures;


1. Mason Bees - These are very busy and hard-working plant pollinators. They can be encouraged to nest by leaving bundles of bamboo in a dry part of the garden. Mason bees are solitary so they don't need a lot of space. Or place some wooden logs in a dry location and drill holes of 8mm within which the bees can nest. Or simply drill some holes in an old garden wall.


2. Butterflies - Some butterfly larvae (caterpillars to you and me) are garden pests, but others are not. Butterflies such as Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Painted Lady are perfectly harmless to encourage in the garden. Simply cultivate a wild patch where stinging nettles and thistles can be allowed to grow. The butterflies will lay their eggs on these plants and the resulting larvae will feed on the nettles and/or thistles as they develop.


3. Worms - Are very good for maintaining the quality of the soil. Amongst other things they feed on dead leaves, so in the autumn don't constantly remove fallen leaves from your garden or the worms will have a lot less to eat! Plus the soil will be deprived of nutrients. A good tip is to rake the leaves off the lawn and then scatter them in the hedge bottom or beneath some garden shrubs where the worms can feed on them in the night.


4. Hover Flies - These are extremely useful plant pollinators and their larvae are excellent pest controllers. Hover flies can be encouraged by planting flowers that are rich in nectar. If they can't find any nectar to eat in your garden they'll simply go to somebody else's garden instead! Nectar-rich flowers you could plant include; polyanthus, aubretia, honesty, sweet rocket, red valerian, lavender, buddleia and hebe.

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