And what is this? First spotted munching in my marigolds? Then it goes jump hop hop, to sit placidly clinging to the house wall.
It's Madam Great Green Bush Cricket.
I find one in the garden or thereabouts most years, but not all. The first time I see one is down on the nearby cliffs, when we first move here.
They be big, about 5 centimetres. And this one so calm, maybe newly moulted? Cleaning its feet and antennae. When I first spot it on the marigold stems, I can see the jaw parts working. Science fiction time. Beautiful vivid green creature.
I turn away to carry on dead-heading the marigolds. Turn back. And she be gone. Hop!