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 -

Lemon Slugs



These molluscs are pale yellow in colour which is where they get their name. Like all slugs they belong to a group of animals called gastropods which literally means 'belly-foot'. This is because their belly is their foot! They slide about on their feet by using a series of muscular contractions - and to make this easier they excrete mucous which lubricates their movements like oil in a car engine. This mucous is what the slug leaves behind itself in a trail of slime.




       A Dash of Lemon Slug


Would you like a lemon slug in your cola

to add an extra bit of zest?

With a couple of chinking ice-cubes

the taste sensation is the best.

All the coolest clubs and bars

are serving molluscs in their drinks,

But you'll only notice if it floats

you just won't see it if it sinks!





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