Here are some spring stories from a bug’s point of view. They were written by students in my first grade class at Roundtown Elementary in the Central York School District. — Mrs. Jennifer Myers
By: Guy Welty
Hi, my name is Twitch. I am a Hercules beetle. These are my friends Scorpion, Firefly, and Caterpillar. I have black and brown pinchers, plus I am as big as your hand. Uh oh! It’s raining. It never rains in the desert. I should go underground. I will ask my friend, Scorpion if I can sleep with him. Scorpion said, “Go to Firefly.” “He can help you with the rain,” he said. It was still raining. Finally, we were there. Let’s go and ask what’s wrong with Firefly. The fire ants are burning my house down. “Can you help me, “ he asked. Then scorpion scared the fire ants away!
By: Nicholas Guadagnino
I live in the grass in the forest. It has lots of trees, bushes, and a web. Hi! I’m a black widow spider. I have to go to school! Today we are going to tell what we are going to be when we grow up. The bell rang for recess! I told scorpion that I will try to fly. Scorpion fell right down on the floor laughing. Okay, I guess he is weird. I was about to fly when the whistle blew at me. I had to go to the principal’s office. My mom came to school. I saw scorpion at the nurse and he had to go home. So I had to go back to recess. But recess was over. Back in the classroom, we were talking about what we were going to be when we grow up. When it was my turn, I said, “I want to be a super hero.” Then everybody started laughing. Well, first I need a cape. Then had no cape. Well I’m not going to fly now. I’m not going to be a super hero.
By: Dawson Bashada
Did you ever see a bug named just Butterfly? Hello! I’m Butterfly. In the morning, I was at my house. I am beautiful, blue, and as beautiful as a star. First I was a happy butterfly. Next, someone was chasing me. AHHH! I flew away fast! I finally got away. I was out of breath. I almost got killed. Zoom! Back to my house I go. I was a happy butterfly again! Good thing it was all a dream – or was it???
By: Evan Eisenhart
Munch! Munch! Hi, my name is Evan and I am a termite. One summer, I was munching through some wood in Annabelle’s house. She had great wood from the ceiling and the porch. Oops! I started to get a loose tooth. So, I softened it up by chewing more wood, more wood, and more wood, until I got full. So, I spent the night. Before I went to sleep, I had to get my timer. I set it for ten hours. Then five hours later, I looked at the clock. Five more hours to go. I’m going to turn on the radio. Well, I was having fun eating again. I realized that I needed to lose some weight. So, I did some push-ups, head ups, and I ran on the treadmill. Then, I said, “Everything is tiptop shape!” Hey you! Hey you! Do you search for bugs? If you do, don’t some searching for me!
By: Elle Mummert
Do you like bugs? One hot, summer day, Ticky the Tick was on a person and sucking blood! I am Ticky. I’m brown, sneaky, and very very small. I am as little as a string of carpet. “Oh no!” shouted a little girl. The girl ran to her mom. “Hee, hee, hee!” I laughed. “Mom, look. What is this?” asked the girl. “A bug bite,” said her mom. “Bug bite! What can I do?” asked the girl. “Go out in the garage,” said the mom. “The girl said, “Okay.” SQUIRT! SQUIRT! “NO! Do not put that on!” I shouted. The girl put the bug spray down. “Hmm. Is that a bug saying that?” the girl thought. “I put the bug spray on, Mom,” the girl said. “Oh darn,” I whispered. I guess I will go and pick on another kid. That was not fun at all! “I want to go home,” I cried. “Honey, honey, what happened?” my mom asked. “I was picking on a kid and she sprayed me with bug spray,” I said. “I do not want to talk about it!” I screamed. “Okay,” said Mom. So, I went to my bedroom. I laid in my bed’s comforter that was red, blue, purple, green, and white. “I do not have any friends,” I whispered. “Wait! I have a great idea. I can make a new friend!” Tomorrow I will !
By: Thomas Elder
Oh hi! My name is Thomas Firefly. One July, I was in the Donner’s backyard. I’m fast, light, cool, and small. I’m as light as fire! I’m as fast as a hair! I love the nighttime. I love that people like me and adore me! One day, Joe came outside. We looked at each other for a while. Then Joe trapped me in a can and took me inside! I had no clue what was going on. I tried to escape, but I couldn’t get out. I was really getting mad! They were packing suitcases. I had no clue why. I really got lucky that I grabbed snacks and clothes. We all put our seatbelts on, including me! It was a long trip! I still didn’t no where we were going. I flashed my yellow stripes – everybody looked at me. Then do you know what happened? We wrecked into a wall! I said, “Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch in the wall, but nobody heard me! We went to the repair shop and waited for another day. But then… WE GOT THERE! We were at the beach. I fainted, because I was never at the beach before. I woke up twenty-four minutes later – I was counting. I didn’t know what to do. I thought and thought and thought and thought until… We were all in the sand! I was in Joe’s pocket. I was excited until Joe headed down to the water. I started yelling, but nobody heard me. Luckily I went to swimming lessons! “I’m ready,” I said to myself. “I’m floating!” I said in a very happy voice! “Oh no!” I was so scared! I said, “Geronimo!” I was flying, but not for long! “AHHHHHHHHHHHH!” I cried. I got to shore and somehow I got home. I looked around. I fell asleep. After that, every time I saw a firefly, I asked, “Did you ever get caught and find your way back home?”
Grace the Caterpillar
By: Anna Yankanich
Crack, Crack went the egg! Hello, my name is Grace, I am a caterpillar. I am happy, nice, and green. I have a friend named Cathy. She is a firefly. I only come out in the spring and summer. I live in a garden. I love to play. I am as green as the grass. My antennas are as tall as a leaf. Oh no, I got lost! Oh no, what’s happening to me, why am I spinning like a spider, why am I hanging like a J? Oh, I’m making my chrysalis. Maybe I should turn the radio on, so I can listen to bugtones. When am I going to get out of here! Well, it’s only been ten days. I am scared. I am crazy and I look like a J! Pop! I’m a
butterfly, now I can fly like my friend Cathy the firefly! Yay! Now I am with my family! “Now my family and I can fly like the wind!” the butterfly announced. A hero, and it was me! An then all the butterflies formed an egg.
Annabelle the Tick
By: Annabelle Bowman
“I love Evan’s juicy blood!” exclaimed the tick. At 12:00 pm, in August, I am on Evan in his bedroom. I am a tick. I’m brown, black, and small. I’m as dark as black. “When is he going to realize I’m on him? He is so silly!” I said. It’s getting so dark. Dark is my enemy! It’s the time that the parents wash up! The hot, steaming, and bubbly bath water is hurting me so bad! He got me! He is so smart! These are shiny things. “Ahhhhhhh!” I called. They picked me up and flushed me down the toilet. I’m very, very, very, very sad that they flushed me down the toilet and I’m only a baby bug.
Laura the Preying Mantis
By: Abigail Carlise
Cricket! Cricket! My name is Laura the preying mantis. One day I was at the park. I was as green as new grass and I was a nice preying mantis. I was large, about nine inches long. It had small eyes and big wings that we about ten inches tall. I loved the park. It was my most favorite thing in the world! But most of all I love the jungle gym! No one ever played on it because it always was too high and because it was over water! I love swimming, but I never go under the water, because it was 300 feet deep. On Saturday, in the afternoon, I got thirsty. But when I tried to turn the water on, I fell down the drain! It was nasty down there. it had cat’s hair balls and smelled like rotten cheese. “Yuck!” I said, as I tasted the rotten whatever. After five hours in the drain I came to paradise! It was Alaska’s beach. The beach’s name was Zebra Beach. They had hot dogs, unicycles, and ice cream. I loved their hot dogs and I just liked their ice cream too. But most of all I like the unicycle, it wiggled and jiggled so much it felt like an earth quake. But I loved it a lot! I love Alaska so far, but I still want to go back to Maryland, but I like it here too. “I’ll stay here for a month or two,” I whispered. That day I went to the jungle and met tiger. “Hi,” growled tiger. “Who dares cross my paradise?” snorted the tiger. “I just got stranded here from the drain to the Alaskan Beach,” I wailed. “In that case, come on in,” whispered the tiger. Tiger showed me Aboo, the monkey, and the boy, Mowgly. Mowgly showed me to the slippery slide tree. It was as slippery as a seal. I was getting ready to go. My friends wanted to come so the tiger, Mowgly, and Aboo went Maryland. Soon they had babies and got married. “I have baby preying mantis and all of my family is named the seashells!” I cheered. “I’m so happy to have a family of preying mantises!”
Little Miss Lightning Bug
By: Grace Rishel
Flash! Flash! Hi, my name is Little Miss Lightning Bug. Well, my butt is so bright and shiny. My wings are so beautiful when I fly. I’m the color black. I’m as bright as a light bulb. It’s May right now and it feels so good to be in the bushes. When I am a bug and we like to chase each other, hide in the bushes, and light up at night. In the day time we do not come out, because then people might not see our light and also because we might die. We lightning bugs eat slugs and snails. In the summer frogs like to eat us! Oh no! My light on my butt won’t light up anymore! But wait, it just wasn’t screwed in enough! Look a frog is at the pond. I am going to stay, but wait! I forgot frogs like to eat lightning bugs! That frog is going to eat me. Ahhhh! Gobble, gobble, gobble!
Lightning the Firefly
By: Madison Kurland
One summer night I was in a yard. Clink! Flashed the light on my bottom. “Hi, I’m Lightning the firefly and I’m tiny and I’m as bright as fire too,” I whispered. Also, I have to be quiet because I don’t want to wake the people who are in bed. Also, I’m afraid of the dark, but I have a light on my bottom remember? Clink! Oh no, my light has gone out! “Mom, Dad come on!” I yelled, “Where are you?” Mom answered, “What honey?” “Nothing,” I said, “I’m jut scared.” “Scared of what, honey bunch?” asked Dad. “The dark Mommy. Can you come here?” I asked her. “Yes, but why are you scared? Did your light go out?” Mom asked. “Yes!” I yelled. “Can you give me some of your light dust?” “Ok!” she said. Poof! All better. Got you! Oh
no, I was captured and that was the end of me flying around in the summer night.
Pretty the Caterpillar
By: Ryan Donner
In the spring I like to go in the grass with Nicely, my caterpillar friend. My name is Pretty the caterpillar. Crack! Crack! Went the grass. I have two stripes of color they are black and yellow. I have eight legs. We are going to eat leaves. Climb, Climb, Climb. We had trouble climbing up but now we had something to eat. We ate and ate and ate. But we’re still hungry. We didn’t know what to do. We thought, and thought, and thought. Then I had a good idea, we could go to a tree to eat, but the next place is in Florida. So, we are going to slide to Florida. We got tired and fell asleep for ten days. We had a cocoon. ”Help! Help! Help! Get me out!” I screamed after ten days. I was a butterfly, but my friend is still hanging. Then my friend came out and the beetle came down and took me away. I called Nicely and saw him coming to save me. She made it and she pulled and pulled and we were finally down and on the ground. I was so happy to not be eaten!