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 insects belong to the family known as Horse Flies. Like all female horse flies the cleg feeds on blood - particularly the blood of mammals such as horses and cattle in the countryside. The cleg has a reputation for also feeding on the blood of humans. They do this by biting into the skin and sucking the blood out. Because of the roughness of these bites they can be extremely painful. Worse still, the cleg is very stealthy and can approach its victims in silence with great speed. Ouch!


     A Cleg on Your Leg


There's a type of fly that's called a cleg

that bites sheep and horses on the leg,

But it also bites human beings too

so here's a piece of advice for you;

If you're going for a walk in hot weather

wearing some trousers might be clever,

Because if you're wearing shorts or a skirt

be prepared for a bite that will hurt!





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