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Scratching for a Living


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Vermin united - why invertebrates have a bad reputation; entomomyths - my first attempt at a story; the name of the game - nomenclature; suck it them - bloodsuckers; a lousy story - lice; jumping for joy - fleas; strange bedfellows - dust mites; designer insects - cockroaches; switched on - ants; kind lice of a different kind - booklice; slowly starving in the fridge - hibernation; so cosy in the winter - cluster flies; cover the compost - lesser houseflies; spots on the ceiling - facts about houseflies; fly, turkey fly! - blowflies; silver threads - pantrymoths; of mummies, dog biscuits and carpets - carpet beetles and their rellies; right up to the paint layer - termites; glorious isolation - quarantine; oh, Ariadne - spiders; reds under the bed and blacks out the back - redbacks and black widows; golden orb-webs - golden-orb-weaving spiders; black and yellow - bad news - wasps; slimy slithery do-gooders - worms; silent suckers with a Mexican wave - aphids; mysterious creeps - raiders of the night - bronze beetles and greasy cutworms; frothing in the rain - snails and slugs; woody wood vectors - Dutch elm disease; dainty little hoppers - passionvine hoppers and fluffybums; how to build your own monarch butterfly - metamorphosis; singing for your life - cicadas; a lawn full of cracks and a paddock full of noise - crickets; I quite fancy raptorial legs! - praying mantis; gods of ugly things - weta; what's cookin', babe - entomophagy; long may they live! - longevity.

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