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 -

Leatherjackets

 

These insect larvae grow and develop to become crane flies in their 'adult' state. As larvae, the soft brown or grey grubs are long and cylindrical and have a very rough texture which gives them their name. They live in the soil and feed on a diet of roots which means they can be extremely destructive in grassy areas; ruining well-tended lawns. Also, wherever grassland has been converted into vegetable polts the leatherjackets can be a serious pest of these new crops - chewing right through the roots of freshly planted vegetables. This damage tends to be greatest in the spring.

 

 

       Return of the Leatherjackets

 

The maggots are back in town today,

acting mean and surly.

They're wearing leather jackets

and looking rather burly.

 

They're acting like they're something special,

trying to play the tough guys.

But no one's afraid of little wrigglies

who turn into silly flies!

 

 

 

                            Leatherjacket

 

 

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