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 -

Strawberry Snails

 

These molluscs are one of the most common species of snail to find in the garden - and therefore they are also one of the most destructive! In general, snails eat a variety of different foods; from fungi to carrion to dead and decaying plants. However, the snails that have an appetite for living plants can be a real nuisance to gardeners. Strawberry snails get their name, not surprisingly, because they like to eat strawberry plants - but they eat other living plants too. Like all snails, the shell on its back is part of the animal and the snail can never leave the shell behind. But why would it want to? The shell is an armoured home where the snail is safe from predators. Once the snail withdraws into its shell it seals the entrance with a film of mucous - this then hardens into an almost impenetrable barrier; only devious beetles and centipedes are able to break through.

 

 

            Anyone for Indigestion?

 

Last night I had the strangest dream -

about a bowl of strawberry snails and cream.

I dipped my spoon in to take a bite,

but I could see at once things were not right.

In my mind I heard alarm bells;

those snails were still within their shells!

The sight of them was unappealing,

it gave my stomach a nauseous feeling.

They were not cooked - either boiled or stewed;

you could not even call them 'food'.

Those molluscs were still alive and floating,

their shells encased with a fresh cream coating.

So I put my bowl aside untouched;

the thought of it was all too much.

Because although I really had the munchies,

those strawberry snails looked far too crunchy!

 

 

 

        

                                  Strawberry Snail

            

 

 

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