Monday, December 11, 2006

Crickets and Grasshoppers

Wherever I go in the garden I always have the feeling I’m being watched and I usually am; and more often or not it is the Crickets and Grasshoppers that are doing the watching. They seem very confident and will often perch very close to me and will refuse to budge even when touched.

All summer long the chorus of stridulating insects provide the background sound for the garden. Stridulating is the term given to the sound made when their rear legs are brushed against their wing cases. As the temperatures rise so does the sound of the insects as they try to cool themselves. Strangely, I find that the sound is a constant reminder or the rising temperature and therefore makes me feel hotter still.

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