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 -

Assassin Bugs


These insects range in colour from yellow/brown to grey to black to dark orange. They are fierce predators and have enlarged front legs for grabbing and holding their prey. They spend their time on vegetation; either actively stalking their victims or simply waiting in ambush. Mostly they are beneficial, as they feed on many different insect pests, but they can sometimes feed on other predators which then cancels out their usefulness.




    The Friendly Assassin


Don't be afraid of assassin bugs

they sound nasty, but really they're nice;

They're very useful in the garden

they eat soft-bodied insects like plant lice.

So if you ever see an assassin bug

remember that it's the gardener's friend;

Because when these bugs are hungry

it means plant pests meet a carniverous end!





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