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 - Asparagus Beetles

 

These insects belong to the family known as Leaf Beetles. They are easy to identify because they are distinctively patterned with six white square-shaped spots on their black abdomen and a red trim around the sides. As their name suggests these beetles feed on the foilage of asparagus plants. Their larvae in particular can completley defoliate a plant leaving it stripped bare. Because of this, the asparagus beetle is a serious pest to both commerical farmers and allotment gardeners alike.

 

 

     Eat Your Greens

 

Asparagus beetle

please do me a favour,

and eat my asparagus

with it's horrible flavour.

I know that you like it

but it's a taste I hate,

so please eat this asparagus

from off my plate!

 

 

 

 

       Common asparagus beetle

 

 

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