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By Josie Whitehead

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By Josie Whitehead

One to Fear (The)

Beware the lurking scorpion

     With poison in its tail.

He’ll strike at you in self-defence,

     And catch you without fail.


Beware this most unwelcome guest –

     He doesn’t want to play -

And if you hear his warning hiss,

     Then quickly move away.


Beware this menacing Arachnida 

     Who'll hide just anywhere,

But it especially loves your attics,

     Or dark cupboards under stairs.


They love to hide in folded clothes,

     But what do scorpions eat?

Oh it’s other insects, usually;

     To scorpions they're sweet.


So when your mother says to you:

     'Come on, let’s clean your room.'

That scorpion will scuttle off,

     He fears water and the broom.


With nowhere safe for him to hide,

     And no insects for his meal,

A hungry life, a homeless life,

     For him does not appeal!

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NOTEScorpions and insects share similarities but possess clear differences. Both belong to the group of animals known as arthropods which have an exoskeleton like spiders, mites, ticks, centipedes, millipedes and crustaceans to name a few. They both have jointed appendages and grow through the process of molting where they shed their skin.  Even though they are related, they belong to very distinctly different groups.  Scorpions are animals in the order Scorpiones, under the class Arachnida, which makes them a distant cousin of spiders. Scorpions have eight legs, while insects have six. Scorpions have two body segments while insects have three. Scorpions do not possess antennae and never develop wings—a fact that many people appreciate. 

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