A Silly Insect Rhyme

Here be stanza the first,
of a buggy little verse,
this alphabetical sort of rhyme
is about some insect words you'll find.

A is for Antennae, that's what you call the feelers that are on an insects head,
though they can be used to touch the ground or smell the air instead.

B is for Brood that's a collective sort of noun for all the eggs and young,
of Ants and Bees and Wasps, they're mostly pretty social insects which is really rather fun.

C is for Caterpillar this is the name for young of a Moth or Butterfly,
they're really very friendly so when you see them do say HI!

D is for Drone He is a male honey Bee and he doesn't like to work at all,
except he comes a flying when he hears a Queen Bees mating call.

E is for Elytra that tough and solid armor that is on a Beetles back,
they're made out of his forewings and protect him from attack.

F is for Femur the large part of an insects leg
I haven't got a rhyme for this so I guess I'll have to beg.

G is for Grub another name for a baby sort of bug,
this time its a beetle which is much to small to hug.

H is for Halteres; that's a fancy word for the backwings of a fly,
that help him keep his balance when he's racing though the sky.

I is for Instar; for a baby insect this is the time between one moult and the next,
you will see they're always labled 1st, 2nd and 3rd etc in the best of buggy texts.

J is for Juvenile which means being young for an insect just as it does for me and you,
and all the other bigger beasts you can find down in the zoo.

K is for King. A male termite, he's the one who rules the termite nest.
Well actually he does it with his Queen if he wants to do it best.

L is for Larva; thats a simple word for the young insect of the holometabolous kind,
the sort whose life cycle involves a pupa is what I had in mind.

M is for Mandible the main part of a biting insects jaws,
which work from side to side instead of up and down like mine and yours.

N is for Nymph now thats a baby insect of the hemimetabolous kind,
thats one without a pupa, at least I think that's what you'll find.

O is for Ocelli this is a name for a kind of simple insect eye,
they are really only good for seeing big things like the sky.

P is for Pupa the magic stage of a fully metamorphic insect life,
the bit between the adult, and the larva whose eating causes so much strife.

Q is for Queen she's the boss female in a social insect nest.
she's the one who lays the eggs so she has to be the best.

R is for Rake a special sort of something on the legs of Honey Bees,
that they use to pack the pollen into the hairs around their knees.

S is for Spiracle a funny set of holes along an insects abdomen.
Now I know it may sound silly but the truth is insects breathe through them.

T is for Thorax the hard working bit of an insects frame,
that's the middle section, for now thats all I can explain.

U is for Univoltine a long word that means its only once a year,
when the eggs, larvae or adults of this insect will appear.

V is for Viviporous I am sorry but I do not know that many 'V' words so I had to use the one I could.
this means giving birth to live young like a mammal and not laying eggs lik a normal insect would.

W is for Worker this is word to describe a common Ant or Wasp or Bee,
and the truth is that it is nearly always 'workers' that are seen by you and me.

X is for Xylophage which like all the other '-phage' words describes an insect by what it likes to eat.
in this case 'xylo' means that it is wood that this insect thinks of as a tasty kind of treat.

Z is for Zoraptera which is smallish kind of insect that lives in rotten wood,
they do not occur in England but I would love to see one if I could.


Gordon's Entomological Home Page

Insects Home Page



Have You Seen The Other Earthlife Web Chapters
The Home Page of the Fish The Birds Home Page The Insects Home Page The Mammals Home Page The Prokaryotes Home Page The Lichens Home Page

Index Gif               



This page was designed and written by Mr Gordon Ramel



Advertising Inquiries

         Disclaimer, Copyright and Privacy