I snapped this little fellow in our garden the other day. He was only about 6mm long, not sure what kind of beetle he is, but it reminded me of when my son and I always used to call beetles ‘Tweetle Beetles’ after the ones in Fox In Socks by Dr Seuss.

Let’s have a little talk about tweetle beetles….

What do you know about tweetle beetles?

When tweetle beetles fight, it’s called a tweetle beetle battle.

And when they battle in a puddle, it’s a tweetle beetle puddle battle.

And when tweetle beetles battle with paddles in a puddle, they call it a tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle.

And when beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle…

…They call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle,

When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles and the bottle’s an a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles…

…They call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle,

Now wait a minute Mr. Socks Fox!

When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle.
THIS is what they call…

…A tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottles paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!

Fox in socks, our game us done, sir.
Thank you for a lot of fun, sir.

— excerpt from ‘Fox in Socks’ by Dr Seuss (1904 – 1991)

Rachel x

20th May 2011

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...


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    Rachel Lucie Johns

    23rd May 2011

    We all need something a little bit fun to start off our weeks, don't we? Glad you like :)

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    23rd May 2011

    Hi Rach – LOVE the beetlicious post! more of the same please, play is good! x