Saturday, 1 August 2020

Cricket on the Lawn?



Actually he was sitting on Billy's Tennis ball launcher on our Bay tree.

We're a little too far north for that constant buzz of Cicadas; but we do have a few in the height of Summer. Otherwise we have plenty of Crickets, Grasshoppers of all sizes, Praying Mantis, and Stick insects.

The large Crickets are usually all-over green, but this one has an amazing coat of many colours. I think it may be a female which are bigger than the males.

What a lovely creature it is. Very friendly.

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  1. She/he is very pretty. We get them all, Cicadas, Crickets, Praying Mantis, Grasshoppers and Stick Insects.

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    1. I haven't heard any Cicadas yet this year; maybe this month.

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  2. Here, too, summer brings with it new creatures I have not seen before. Something is happening in the world.

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    1. As long as it's not Locusts; I don't mind!

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  3. Lovely ... we only see the green ones. I got stung by a bee yesterday ! XXXX

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    1. I had just now given my hair a trim, and was showing Lady M the wonderful result, when I found a HUGE Spider on my neck. Goodness knows where it came from; the ceiling I suppose. It's obviously a time for insects.

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  4. It's very attractive indeed. I don't see them here but in New Zealand I was constantly aware at certain times of the years of their zzzzing presence.

    I have commented on your 'It's Hot' post about Donald from Ness.

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    1. Well done; great detective work. I was certain he must be a known 'character' on the island. I'm sure you'd agree that he has a wonderful accent.

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  5. I love them and have seen both crickets and Praying mantis is Spain. Really hot day here yesterday (30) - thunderstorm later!

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    1. We have just had some thunder and a few spots of rain. Sadly nowhere near enough to even dampen the ground. Still, it was an unexpected pleasure.

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  6. What a beautiful creature.
    I found a small golden beetle in my bed the other morning when I pulled back the covers to get up. I think the poor thing was injured as I must have rolled on him during the night.

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    1. Oh dear, poor thing. He was probably trying to get warm, and you rolled on him!

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  7. I really like seeing such insects. Not too many get up this high, aside from Lady Bugs.

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    1. That's probably a good thing, not all insects are as friendly.

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  8. He really has got splendid markings.

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    1. He's a real beauty, we played together for ages.

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  9. He's lovely. What sort of stick insects do you have?

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    1. I didn't know there were several types. Ours here have bodies about 4 ins long, and long legs. They are usually brown.

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  10. He is a male**.... and a gardener's friend.... carnivorous!
    His name is Decticus albifrons....
    no French or English coloquial names...
    but is cousin to the famous Wart-Biter
    [**all female bush-crickets have a long ovipositor]

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    1. Thanks for that. I couldn't find him in my rather basic 'Insect Book'. He's a real bute.

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  11. Hello Cro, my cats have started bringing these critters into my house. I am forever picking them off the curtains and taking them into the garden again. We used to have stick insects in Kenya, East Africa. And leaf insects. I haven't seen any in South Africa since my childhood. Have a great weekend. Jo

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    1. The Mantis and Stick Insects usually turn up a bit later; end August/early September. I love to see them around. Lovely creatures.

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  12. I so enjoy the sound of crickets on a summer evening. It makes it feel like all is right in the world.

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    1. They don't seem to be singing very much at the moment; I don't know why. Maybe they'll start this month.

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  13. Billy has his own tennis ball launcher? Don't tell Rick.

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    1. He was given it by a friend. You should buy one, they are great for exercising our dogs. Billy wants to chase after tennis balls all day long.

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  14. He's a great speciman. We have a few stick insects this year , not nearly as many as the last few years.
    Cicadas are singing away here but I've either got used to them or they dont seem as loud as usual.

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    1. Our insect life has yet to flourish. No wasps, very few mosquitos, no cicadas. I wonder what's happened to them all?

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    2. Hardly any mosquitoes or wasps here either. We had no flies crawling over our Easter roast and very few now. I hope this doesn't mean they'll be back in swarms next year

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  15. Crickets and grasshoppers (perhaps grasshoppers especially) close up, seem like machines.

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    1. They certainly seem 'built for purpose'. Sculptors who work in metal like them, they are very structural.

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