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 - Silverfish

 

These insects are unusual in that they don't have wings at any stage in their life-cycle. They are small with long, narrow bodies which taper towards the end of the abdomen. Protruding from the rear of the abdomen are three long 'tails' - and they also have quite long antennae at the front. Silverfish are grey or silver in colour which is obviously where they get the first part of their name. The second part of their name - fish - derives from the fact they are covered in loads of tiny scales. They are scavengers, and will bascially eat anything they fancy which is why they can be a serious pest, both in domestic kitchens and in commercial bakeries. When discovered, they have a habit of running away very quickly - a sensible survival tactic.

 

 

 

    Neither Fish Nor Flesh

 

 

 

A silverfish is not a fish;

you can't serve them up with chips.

And if you eat one with salt and vinegar

you will not lick your lips.

 

A silverfish is not a fish;

you can't fry them in some fat.

You can't cut one into bite-sized pieces

and feed it to the cat.

 

A silverfish is not a fish;

you won't find them in the sea.

That's not the kind of watery habitat

these creatures like to be.

 

A silverfish is not a fish;

you can't keep them in a tank.

The little things would drown in there

and their bodies would go lank.

 

A silverfish is not a fish;

you won't see them in a pond.

You won't spot one swimming merrily

amongst some lilly fronds.

 

A silverfish is not a fish;

you can't catch one in the ocean.

They do not drift on tropical currents

or surf on tidal motions.

 

A silverfish is not a fish;

you only find them on dry lnad.

What part of "a silverfish is not a fish"

don't you understand?

 

A silverfish is not a fish;

I think I've made this clear.

I hope a silverfish is not a fish...

            a silverfish is not a fish...

             a silverfish is not a fish...

              a silverfish is not a fish...

               a silverfish is not a fish...

will be ringing in your ears!

 

 

 

   

 

                                          Silverfish

                    

 

 

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