I have not had (correction, made) time to enjoy my garden lately. I think I am overwhelmed with the growth and wildness of it all this year, but then some small thing catches my eye and I fall in love with the garden all over again. This morning on my way to our workshop (to work), I saw this really cool bug on the exterior wall next to the door. It’s not an award winning photo as all I have is my phone but you get the idea.
Making time now to look it up, I am betting on the Black-horned tree cricket, a female. I am deducting that it was named for those long black antennae. And just look at those legs! I listened to its song online – wow! (Listen to the sound of the Black-horned Tree Cricket on this site dedicated to tree crickets.) My garden is incredibly full of song come evening – even now on cooler nights. Now I will know the sound of the Black-horned Tree Cricket as well as the tree cricket I came across last summer in this previous post. I would love to be able to distinguish all the sounds someday. Interestingly, this cricket likes to lay its eggs in strong, sturdy stems especially Goldenrod which I do have in the garden but not in this particular location. The Bird & Butterfly Garden aligns our workshop wall and there are plenty of strong, sturdy stems to be found here!
I am always excited when I discover something new in the garden – especially new life. Hopefully I have stems full of the Black-horned Tree Cricket for next year. In fact, many insects winter over in the stems of plants – another good reason to leave your stems intact until spring.