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 -

Cave Crickets



These insects spend all their lives inside caves. They are a drab brown in colour and, unusually for insects, they don't have any wings. Cave crickets are mostly nocturnal and have poor eyesight, so they rely on very long antennae to feel their way around in the dark and find food. They are scavengers, so the food they eat can be anything they come across as long as it is already dead.




       Imagine What You Aren't


Imagine that darkness is something you crave

and imagine living all your life in a cave;


Imagine finding your lunch just by feeling

and imagine crawling around on the ceiling;


Imagine your legs are thin just like sticks

and imagine not two, but instead you have six;


Imagine your body is dull brown and drab

and imagine that it's lean without any flab;


Imagine never leaving the place that you live

and imagine never seeing who you share it with;


Imagine that scavenging is your only skill

and imagine each day you risk being killed;


Imagine never stepping foot outside your home

and imagine spending your whole life alone;


Imagine being an insect called a cave cricket

You just did!





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