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 are one of the most common butterflies you'll see in the garden; not just because they appear in large numbers, but also because they can be spotted as early in the year as March and as late as October. Their lengthy appearance is due to the fact they pass the winter by hibernating as fully-grown adult butterflies - unlike other species who pass they winter either as caterpillars or as a chyrsalis. Therefore, as soon as it is warm enough, commas come out of hibernation and can be seen flying. You should be able to spot them quite easily; commas are simple to identify due to the ragged shape of their wings - this jagged pattern helps them to camoflage themselves during the winter when they conceal themselves in dense shrubs or undergrowth. Their orange, brown and black markings resembles the shades of fallen autumn leaves; which helps to hide them from the eyes of hungry predators!




      Comma in Nimbus


There's some airborne punctuation fluttering about,

like an exclamation mark after a skydiver's loud shout.


Or a featherweight colon being carried upwards in a gale,

like a simple dash resembling a distant vapour trail.


Or a pair of brackets framing the sun's shining face,

like a drifting apostrophe that seems out of place.


Or some hot-air filled speech marks saying nothing at all,

like a suspended ellipsis with three dots about to fall.


Or a floating question mark after a highbrow query,

like a hyphen connecting two dark clouds looking dreary.


Or a slash of lightning charged with electrical power,

like a plummeting full stop in amongst a hail shower.


Or an overhead underscore in a space at a great height,

like a windblown semi-colon with a wavy tail as a kite.


But it's actually a comma that's up there in the sky;-

a markation on the underwing of this ragged-cut butterfly!








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