31 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday, The Long View and a not so welcome visitor!

  1. What a lovely view in your garden today, Christina… accept the locust, of course. Your header is just beautiful now too… that is one of my favorite views of your garden, the one I usually think of when I imagine it.

    I just received an email with a new, shorter variety of Nepeta and thought of you immediately: Nepeta faassenii ‘Select Blue’ (http://www.highcountrygardens.com/nepeta-faassenii-select-blue), 15″ by 18″. You may already know about other shorter varieties, but I thought I would mention it just in case.

    Beautiful October to you,

    • Egyptian locusts don’t live in colonies but as individuals so although they do eat the leaves of plants they haven’t done any major damage so far. I see some every year.

  2. Your long view is wonderful as usual, Christina. Your visitor’s photo had me checking the difference between locusts and grasshoppers. I had a yellow “visitor” hanging about my front door and I’d wondered if it could be a locust but it molted and now can clearly be identified as our common grasshopper – it continues to hang about my front door, however, despite my best efforts to send it packing. At least I don’t have to worry that it’ll be joined by a swarm of friends.

    • I was checking the names for the blue butterflies for today’s post and saw that my locust-like bug is commonly called an Egyptian grasshopper Anacridium aegyptium.

  3. Oh now that’s a visitor I think that I would rather gaze upon from a distance Christina! Presumably Egyptian locusts because that’s where they originate from?

  4. They get so big don’t they! We always have a few big and healthy grasshoppers around here and they’re so interesting and easy to observe. You have me thinking I should take a few pictures 🙂
    I wonder how different ours are. They don’t have names quite as exotic, but then “Egyptian” for us would be the trip of a lifetime, not a quick hop by plane!

    • I think that maybe the common name is because it looks like a locust and we associate them with Egypt (Ancient as in the plagues of locusts in the Bible). You should take some photos of yours, I haven’t taken images of all the others but perhaps I should, I don’t think they will be all that different to yours, insects seen to be similar, just think of the butterflies, many of which we share.

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