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 -

Skin Beetles

 

These insects are small and mostly dull brown or black in colour - although some species can be patterned such as the Varied Carpet Beetle. This pattern is created by a thick covering of white, yellow and black scales. The larvae are scavengers, feeding on a wide range of household materials including carpets. The long tufty hair of the larvae can produce nettle-like rashes on people with sensitive skin.

 

 

       Nice Skin Beetles

 

Why can't skin beetles be trained and bred

to eat the dandruff that's on your head?

They could crawl about within your hair

and devour the dead skin lying there;

Then these beetles wouldn't be such pests -

instead they'd be your hair-care guests!

 

 

 

Anthrenus verbasci

 

             Varied carpet beetle

   (a member of the skin beetle family)

 

 

 

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