Nature is amazing. Sometime it feels like nature is working against you, like when it rains all summer long and your tomatoes don’t ripen. Other times, though, she does you a favour.
Earlier this year I found holes in my tomato leaves and was able to trace the source back to these tiny nymph crickets. While adult crickets are carnivorous and eat other insects such as caterpillars and larvae, the nymphs are vegetarian and eat plants. At the time I was none too pleased about the holes in my tomato leaves but the nymphs were way too pretty to simply squish so I carefully gathered all I could find in gloved hands and threw them outside into the grass.
On a rare warm and sunny evening recently I was sitting in our conservatory and noticed an African-esque chorus of crickets out in the garden. I grabbed my camera and went out to investigate. It’s lucky that these guys make such a racket as I would never have found them, so good is their camouflage.
It’s highly unlikely that the adults I found are the same crickets that I photographed as nymphs a few months back. However, given that caterpillars have recently been eating rather large holes in my cabbage leaves, I’m very happy that I saved them.