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 arachnids get their name because of their physical appearance and their hunting methods - both of which are a bit like wolves. The bodies of wolf spiders are covered with dense, short hairs coloured either grey or brown or black; often in drab patterns. Wolf spiders do not spin webs - instead they catch their prey by actively hunting for it, and to help them do this they have unusually good eyesight. Unlike wolves though, they hunt alone rather than in packs. Most species of wolf spider hunt during the day, but some species such as Trochosa Ruricola hunts at night. Be careful if you come across a wolf spider; the larger species can give a painful bite, so you'd better just leave them alone!
Night of the Wolf Spider
Small, grey and hairy
yet ever so scary
the wolf spider is out on the prowl.
Stalking the ground
not making a sound
whilst somewhere a wild dog howls.
In the dead of the night
in the pale moonlight
the wolf spider is hunting it's prey.
There's no hiding place
no insect is safe
when those eight legs are coming its way.
With it's dark eyes peeled
in search of a meal
the wolf spider won't stop in it's quest.
Using stealth as it creeps
always ready to leap
in ambush on any small creature at rest.
In the silvery gloom
those fangs will bring doom
when the wolf spider bursts into violence.
In a second it strikes
and with one simple bite
it makes a victim in the cold eerie silence.
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