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?