The Invasive Pest from Australia

So my poem isn’t quite like the other poems you are reading. It isn’t part of a collection. It’s the lone poem. For this poem I wanted to talk about an invasive species but one that nobody really heard of. According to The University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology, this pest damages and feeds on many plants including, but not limited to,”citrus, avocado, carambola, fig, guava, mango, soursop, and sugarcane; vegetable crops including asparagus, beans, beets, cabbage, peanuts, pigeon pea, cucumber, lettuce, pepper, pumpkin, and tomato; forest trees, and many species of ornamental plants including Allamanda, Angelica, Anthurium, Bougainvillea, Croton, ginger lily, Heliconia, Ixora, hibiscus, palm, and oleander” and many more. Want to know what this nightmare is? Read more.

The Invasive Pest From Australia

By Mandie Brooks

Dear Pink Hibiscus Mealybug,

You’re a pest

An unwelcomed species

You feed on our plants

Damaging them in the process

You’re not from here

You need to go back to Australia

Go home

Unlike other bugs I never want to touch you

You’re skin is waxy and pink

At least you’re tiny

A 3mm bug

We can’t get rid of you so we have to deal

Go home

Nobody wants you

You females can lay 600 eggs

I am begging

Please go home

(click here to see some images of the bug)


3 thoughts on “The Invasive Pest from Australia

  1. Mandie, this poem is very unaware of the mealybug’s emotions! I love how this feels almost exactly like how people feel about people they don’t like. It’s very human

    • To be honest I wasn’t trying to make it sound like that. I just wanted to show that the species can damage the ecosystem and it would be better if it wasn’t here

  2. I really like how you talk about a different topic than the other poems, also I like how you talk about how these bug damage the ecosystem.

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