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 -

Hover Flies

 

These insects have evolved to disguise themselves as wasps - but the effect does not really fool the human eye; especially when you look a bit closer. They get their name because of their ability to constantly hover in a fixed position - even in strong winds. They are amazing fliers and can dart around in the air with graceful ease. Hover flies are extremely useful in the garden on two different scores. First, because of the work they do pollinating plants. And secondly, because their larvae are predators of aphids.

 

 

     Masters of Disguise

 

There's an insect in the air

that's a master of disguise,

it's playing a little trick on you

pulling the wool over your eyes,

but if you take a closer look

you'll very quickly realise,

that although they look like wasps

...it's just some hover flies!

 

 

   

 

                             Hover Fly

 

 

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