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 live in large social groups and are divided into three different 'castes'; all with a vital function to perform - soldiers, workers and reproductives. They feed on wood - particularly wood close down to the ground - and they spend nearly all their time chewing tunnels through tree stumps, and roots, and foundation timbers of wooden houses. In this manner they can be extremely destructive and cause a lot of damage to wooden buildings. But in the wild they can be very useful as they help in the decomposition of fallen trees.






Tough Tenacious Tunnellers

Easily Excavating Everywhere

Rarely Requiring Recuperation

Making Miniature Mineshafts

Incredibly Industrious Insects

Thoroughly Trashing Timber

Energetically Eating Everything

Superior Social Survivors





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