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 -



These myriapods are fierce, fast-moving predators which hunt their prey down in the soil and leaf litter. They can be found in a variety of habitats from grassland to woodland to the gardens of our houses. The name 'centipede' literally means 100 legs but there are 3,000 species of centipede and different species have different numbers of legs, ranging from lithobiids with 15 pairs, to geophilids with 35 pairs - but none has exactly 100 legs! Their bodies are long and flattened and are composed of segments each of which has a pair of legs. The number of pairs is always an odd number! The very first pair of legs is modified into poison claws which the centipede uses to grab and overpower its victims.



     One Giant Leap


What if a centipede had been first on the moon?

What would it have said as it crawled on the dunes?

"One hundred small steps for a myriapod...

one giant leap for myriapod-kind"?

Or would it have yelled and cursed when it realised;

"Damb! I've left my lead-soled space boots behind!"







                 Mediterranean Tiger Centipede

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