#FascinatingInvertebratesWeekend writing and artwork challenge. If anybody wants to DM me, or message me via my WordPress site with their unpublished/published work I will feature it over the weekend.

Resources:

https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/18469199.weird-insects-spotting-garden/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-most-interesting-insects-180974748/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/awesome-ears-the-weird-world-of-insect-hearing/

https://www.growveg.co.uk/guides/the-big-bug-hunt-uncommon-insects/

https://insectlab.russell.wisc.edu/category/uncommon-insects/

https://theconversation.com/every-day-is-halloween-for-these-eerie-insects-86450

Looking forward to your submissions

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Every Fall – Bombus

I read again how males
will rest (just as we
surmised)
at night on flowers
like the tall Helianthus
outside the bedroom
window. Not allowed
back inside the nest.
Just waiting for a chance
to mate. Fresh-raised queens
have more in mind,
the need to fatten up;
each wants to leave
the old, find another
hole underground,
hibernate the winter there
— start a brand-new colony
when spring comes next.

Thus, when you said you’d
not touched the clumps
of re-blooming creeping thyme
and red clover when
you mowed the lawn —
I was glad.

-Elly Nobbs

Katydids

Katydids’ rattle
rises above crickets’ rasp
this mid-August night.

It was ever thus
in dwindling summer, evenings
immemorial.

-Gregory Luce

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