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 -

Sea Slaters


These crustaceans are greyish/green or light brown in colour and are a little bit like woodlice in appearance. However, unless you live right on the edge of the seashore you are unlikely to find one in your garden. They can usually be found on rocky shorelines around the high-tide mark where they feed on seaweed during the daytime. At night they hide themselves away in tight crevices in the rocks. A common characteristic of sea slaters is that if you disturb them they will run away at very fast speed.




     See You Later, Sea Slater


If you see a sea slater

just shout; "see you later"

coz there won't be any point in saying hello.

As it goes scuttling past

it's legs are just too fast

this creature really is a speedy little fellow.


So just shout; "goodbye"

in the blink of an eye

it will have totally disappeared from sight.

At any time of day

it always runs away

so just shout farewell, cheerio or goodnight!





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