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Haiku: Spring Garden Insects

Updated on May 18, 2016
Ten-lined June Beetle "six-legged aristocrat"
Ten-lined June Beetle "six-legged aristocrat" | Source

Ever since I was a kid I've been fascinated by the interesting colors and patterns of bugs. Always on the lookout for new types to put in an old mason jar to study, I have come to regard most of them as my garden friends. Here are some whimsical haiku for you:

Stodgy June Bug

Six-legged aristocrat

Hisses in protest.


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Ladybugs arrive

No shyness for feasting.

Effective pest control.

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Waves of color

Overhead-floating

Monarch migration.

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White-lined sphinx moth

Blurred wings vibrate.

Porch-light romance!

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Safely collecting insects to study is a great way to learn to appreciate the uniqueness of each one. I promote the practice of catch and release

© 2012 Catherine Tally

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Beautiful... I love your June bug - aristocrat! Happy New Year!

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Monis Mas,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed my "six-legged aristocrat!" Thank you for dropping by to read and for leaving your sweet comment. My best wishes to you for a Happy New Year!

      Cat:)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love these, Cat! Especially, the "romance by porch light." I will always look at spring's bug invasion with new eyes. Thank you! Voted up and much more. :-)

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Happy New Year, Genna! I guess my life-long fascination w/ insects keeps me attuned to their behavior. Each Spring evening the white-lined Sphinx moths fan their pheremones at the back door, and I equated it to courtship-ha!

      Good to see you here with your thoughtful comments. Thank you !

      Cat :)

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      Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      cat on a soapbox

      six legged aristrocrat

      creative haiku

      Thanks Cat, I also love the romance by porch light. Delightful. Happy new year to you! Russ

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Happy new year, Russ! Thank you for the kind comments. I always appreciate knowing what verses you enjoy most because I respect both your fondness of and talent for writing haiku. My best to you as always,

      Cat :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Delightful Haikus. Just loved these. My favorite line is Romance by porch light. Remember many country porch sitting evenings watching bugs dancing about the porch light. Passing this on. Wishing you all the very best in 2013!

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Rasma, It's always nice to see you here! Thank you for the nice comment. I'm really glad you enjoyed these! My best wishes to you for a happy 2013.

      Cat :)

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hi Cat! Beautiful as always. Evidence that less is more and that there is great beauty in simplicity.

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Happy new year, Alan. What a lovely compliment! I appreciate your loyal following and have great respect for your viewpoint. Thank you.

      My best,

      Cat:)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      beautiful nature, and so well written thanks

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good morning DDE and thank you for the kind compliment! I appreciate your stopping by.

      Be well.

      Cat:)

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi cat love this very beautiful and well written haiku !

      "Romance by porch light" awesome line !!! Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

      Wishing all the best this new year my friend !

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Tom. I appreciate your positive comments and cheerful spirit. I am looking forward to another good year in the HubPages community with you!

      My best,

      Cat :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I loved these Cat--and like Genna, will look at the insects in my garden with new eyes--sharing these!

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Audrey. Insects are fascinating creatures that most squash without a thought. I'm glad to have changed your perspective! I always love to see you here and appreciate your thoughtful comments.

      All of the best,

      Cat:)

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Loved this 'romance by porch light' so sweet.

      Gives a different insight to our garden bugs :)

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Rosemary:) I appreciate the sweet comment.

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Don't know how I missed this one Cat, for it was such Fun to read. I'm Not a BUG lover, but "Lady Bugs" are cute...And the Romance of the month, Fanning her Wings, by the Porch Light...Pretty Sexy & Neat!

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      Catherine Tally 3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi b- There is much humor in bug behavior when then are personified! Lately, I've found myself catching hapless moths and putting them out on the porch, saying, " Honey, you'll never find a mate in here!"

      Glad this made you smile- thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

      My best,

      Cat :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Excellent Haiku. Cute bug.

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello manatita,

      Thank you for stopping by! I very much appreciate your kind comment and am glad that you enjoyed my haiku.

      Cat:)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      a wonderful grouping of words:

      June Bug

      Six-legged aristocrat

      Hisses in protest

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      Kept private 2 years ago from Northeast United States

      Great hub ! Enjoyed the poetry. Thank you so much for sharing :)

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good morning, Frank. I can't resist the urge to write about the ten-lined June bug! I'm glad you especially liked this one:) Thank you.

      All the best,

      Cat:)

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi carrie,

      Thank YOU! I appreciate your stopping by to read and comment:)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love these insect Haiku Cat.....well done. Wow it took me long enough to find this hub. Voted up.

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi John,

      Good to see you here! Glad you enjoyed these. My fascination with insects often draws negative reactions, but personifying them changes the perspective. Disney successfully did this with the animated film "A Bug's Life." I wrote a second series of haiku on summer insects. I hope you'll check it out.

      My best,

      Cat:)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love animated movies like A Bug's Life, The Bee Movie, Ants etc. I am going to find your other Summer Insect haiku now.

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