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 - Contact


It's good to talk. Different creepy-crawlies can communicate with each other in all sorts of different ways; by using sounds, smells and even sign language. For instance, grasshoppers make a chirping noise by rubbing their hind legs against their wings. This noise or 'song' is made by male grasshoppers in order to attract females. The grasshoppers are saying; "Hey girls, come and take a look at me!"




When they are in danger stink bugs (sometimes called shield bugs) can excrete a strong, unpleasant smelling liquid which is emitted from glands on their thorax. The odour is so powerful that it wards away most predators and is a very effective method of self-defense. The stink bugs are saying; "Get lost, I'm not going to be your dinner!"





Scouting honey bees perform complicated dances when the colony is swarming and looking for a new nest site. Worker bees that have been scouting for a new home will dance on the edge of the swarm, and the speed and direction of the dance will tell the other bees what the scout has found. The honey bee is saying; "Pay attention, I've found an amazing site for a new nest!"




If you would like to contact me then sounds, smells and sign language aren't necessary. The easist way to get in touch is simply to send an email; 


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