(and sometimes the beast!)




I'd like to say this rather cute specimen is all that's left of the cloud of baby grasshoppers feasting on my Allamanda yesterday but I've found at least a dozen since.  The group below was just one of several clusters chomping their way around the garden.  I was reluctant to dispatch them until I thought about the damage they'd do once they got bigger.  I went on a bit of a rampage; still felt bad though.  He's really quite charming and was most accommodating to sit still for me.  It could have been the shock of seeing his siblings brutally squashed of course.