As usual at this time of the year the monsoonal weather gives quite a boost to our insect population. I have finally protected some of our edible greens with mosquito net as the combination of caterpillar and grasshopper attack was not leaving us enough for a feed. Now I can enjoy the insects!
These long-horned grasshoppers are likely to be the same species, members of the family Tettigoniidae. Dr Roger Farrow, to whom I sent the photos, thinks they are probably in the Genus Polichne and he says that P. parvicauda is the most common species.
And just for a little colour; here is Acanthus ilicifolius or Holly Mangrove. Although it grows along the banks of the Daintree River in the tidal zone it is happy sprawling on the edge of our fresh water ponds and survives the dry season quite happily now that it is well established.
The macro view has somewhat exaggerated the size of the flower which isn’t actually very large but the blue is a welcome distraction amongst the many green hues of the vegetation along the pond edge. Although the plant looks wonderful in large thickets the irregular spiny teeth on the leaves and the spiny stems on this plant don’t make it a ‘gardener friendly’ plant.