Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Jiminy Crickets


The Sock is looking for a home for some speckled bush crickets. Five of them have so far been rounded up from her pots where they appear to have trashed the leaves of the new acer palmatum nigrum and had a jolly good nibble at the hamamelis 'diane'.

The Sock is less concerned about the damage done to the aeonium schwartkopf (above complete with cricket). Each year the aeoniums get invaded by those horrid little fast-moving incredibly wiggly caterpillars that are nestled in spun together leaves. The caterpillars make for the centre of the aeonium and eat that thus performing a pinching-out process that makes the aeonium spout multiple flowering heads on the stem below, creating a much bushier plant. As the Sock can't bring herself to damage the rosettes these caterpillars perform a useful service so possibly the crickets will too. They have definitely been eating something in the aeonium because there is now a little pile of cricket poo in the centre of the head.

What to do with the speckled bush crickets now they are throwing themselves around in the Loctite box like crazed Mexican jumping beans? They are a protected species so its not like the Sock can just stamp them out and anyway they would crunch. Do you think Matthew Wilson would like them to keep his stag beetles company? The stag beetles won't eat them will they?

4 comments:

VP said...

Offer them to a local school to look after - we had to look after locusts in our first year biology...

...only 4 weeks till the hols end, can you hang on until then?

VP said...

Heyyyyyyyyyyyy (in a Fonz kinda stylee), you're nearly at 10,000 visitors!

Arabella Sock said...

I can't wait 4 weeks. I did wonder about offering them to the small boys over the road but they might not look after them properly. I've found another now. This means I have two big ones (mummy and daddy) and 4 little ones. What if I release them into the wild and then there is a little baby one left all on its own on my plants?

I'm not as excited about my 10,000 visitor now I've found that at least 9,000 of them have been spybots!

VP said...

Arabellaaaah! So glad you can come to my Open Garden :)

Of course there's lashings of virtual cake (calorie free don't you know) for everyone. You put me on my mettle after showing that cream tea the other day.

There may be a little something stronger stashed away too...