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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: October 7, 2020      Views: 28

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I am English. I love writing and reading poetry, it is my passion. I have published on Amazon "Dolly's Poems", and I am always looking to improve and learn from others. I look forward to reading your work, kind regards Dolly x

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A Sonnet
"Mealybugs" by Dolly'sPoems

Okay, I am a pest you hate to see,
my fluffy white appearance on your plants,
imagine what it’s like to be like me?
I’m likened to a plague of soldier ants.

We suck the plants until the yield is bad,
but little did they know the lady bird,
is introduced by farmers as a cure,
as they are fond of mealy bugs I heard.

But males will grow their wings and fly away,
to spread our species, plans are now revealed . . .
that nymphs and wasps will live another day!
An infestation in another field.

And so the cycle of an insect’s life,
to combat predators will bring us strife.



Author Notes
Mealybugs are pink, soft bodied pests of houseplants. The white waxy, cottony fluff they produce, protects them from excessive heat and moisture loss. Both males and females have the same behaviour, but males undergo a metamorphosis and change into a winged wasp in order to spread their seed further afield. They live on plants and suck the life out of them. They are difficult to get rid of and some farmers use their natural predator, ladybirds to eradicate the species.

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