Friday 5 (on Saturday): Insect Haikus for the End of Summer

For some reason, I was feeling poetic today.  I started making up poems in my head on my way home from work and made excellent progress on a multi-stanza educational poem about dragonflies I might share with you sometime.  But I also came up with a series of haikus, inspired by the changing seasons and some of the insects I’ve seen recently.  Without further ado, I give you five illustrated insect haikus!

Woolly Bear

Woolly bear caterpillar, Pyrrharctia isabella

Little fuzzy worm
Brown and black on the dirt road
Winter is coming


Brunner's stick mantid

Brunner’s stick mantid, Burnneria borealis

Green stick-like mantid
Lurking in the tall prairie
As fall quickly comes


Pipevine caterpillars

Pipevine caterpillars, Battus philenor

Black caterpillars
Munching on a pipevine leaf
At the summer’s end


Swarm over upper prairie

Dragonfly swarm over upper prairie

Shorter summer days
Bring a swirl of dragonflies
Over goldenrod


Whirligig beetle swirls, Dineutus sp.

Whirligig beetle swirls, Dineutus sp.

Whirligig beetles
Dart on the water’s surface
A riot of life


I love writing haikus!  Anyone want to add to what I’ve started here?  I welcome original insect haikus in the comments, or post one on your blog and paste the link to it below.  Remember, haikus follow a 5-7-5 syllable structure and traditionally were about nature and the seasons.  My whirligig haiku is, for example, not a traditional haiku because it is all about the beetles and doesn’t address how they are tied to a season.  I’d love to see what other people can come up with, so I hope some of you will take me up on my haiku challenge!


Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

20 thoughts on “Friday 5 (on Saturday): Insect Haikus for the End of Summer

  1. Greetings!

    I always enjoy your postings and your extraordinary enthusiasm for not only dragonflies but so many other insects too. I wonder if I might ask you to identify the (photo) attached dragonfly that I shot in Lundy Canyon near Mono Lake this last weekend. Additionally, I also shot video of it doing something rather strange which I thought might be laying its eggs, although I thought that the pair normally does that, not just the female. Anyway, she was on the rock that you see and sort of dragging the tip of the abdomen and that dark little object on the rock as if she was trying to dislodge something on the rock. But, on the other hand, I thought that eggs were normally deposited on vegetation rather than rocks? Anyway, if you can identify and explain the behavior, I would be very grateful.

    Thanks, Barry Boulton

    PS I could upload the short video clip to YouTube and provide the URL if you wish.

  2. Love it! Here is my avatar’s:

    pygmy moth that wears eye caps
    and mines leaves or bark

    (from “Argonaut to Ziziphus”;

    I even have a dragonfly one somewhere; ‘will look!


    wingless and blind it
    colonized Krubera Cave
    deepest known to man

    (Deepest Duvalius, from “Verily Scaiku” ..

    Mmm: need to write more with insects in them :)

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