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 mostly known for the incredibly short life-cycle of the male, which usually only lives for up to 24 hours. The females however live much longer. Mayflies have long, cylindrical bodies with large, opaque wings with a variety of different colouered tints depending on the species. The antennae are quite short, but at the rear of the abdomen they have either two or three long, thin sensory tails - actually called 'cerci'. Mayflies are always found near water, be it streams, ponds, pools, ditches and/or lakes. This is because their larvae are aquatic. The adult mayfly does not feed; only the larvae will eat.



     Mayfly, May Not


May fly, then again may not,

may simply hang around here

in this secluded spot.


May fly, or may get some rest,

may enjoy some relaxation

and regain a bit of zest.


May fly, may just snooze instead,

may use this fallen tree branch

as a makeshift kind of bed.


May fly, or may settle on this log,

may regret this decision

and getting eaten by a frog!





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