Friday, August 30, 2013


Photo: I wasn't eating curds and whey and I know it's not a spider, but I did do a double take and make this critter go away.

After this guy sat down beside me yesterday, bug poems were on my mind today! I'm still not sure what he is, but his camouflage makes him look like a pine cone bract.

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Photo: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

The Insects' World
by Ethel Jacobson

Insects are creatures with three pairs of legs,
Some swim, some fly; they lay millions of eggs.
They don't wear their skeletons in, but out.
They come in three parts. Some are bare; some have hair.
Their hearts are in back; they circulate air.
They smell with their feelers and taste with their feet,
And there's scarcely a thing that some insect won't eat:
Flowers and woodwork and books and rugs,
Overcoats, people, and other bugs.
When five billion trillion keep munching each day,
It's a wonder the world isn't nibbled away!

by Ogden Nash

Some insects feed on rosebuds
And others feed on carrion.
Between them they devour the earth.
Bugs are totalitarian.

What Do You Suppose?

What do you suppose?
A bee sat on my nose.
Then what do you think?
He gave me a wink,
And said, ‘I beg your pardon,
I thought you were a garden.’

Tara has the roundup at A Teaching Life.


  1. I love Ogden Nash's totalitarian bugs! :)

  2. Great poems (hadn't seen any of them before). I'm pretty sure I've seen that bug in the picture up there but have no idea what it is either.

  3. All are such fun, Dori, but I love that first one with the billions and trillions and nibbling away. Thanks for finding and sharing! I love the photo-interesting, & it does indeed look like a bract!

  4. Love the Ogden Nash! thank you for teaching me the word 'bract.' I've often thought those pine cone prong thingies should have a name and 'bract' is a great word!

  5. What a great trio of bug poems! Mr. Nash's is my favorite!

  6. "It's a wonder the world isn't nibbled away!" What a great line! I'm not a bug fan, but these were fun :)