Greeney the Grasshopper was with us for about two months. She lived a quiet life in our garden, and being only one of her, didn’t eat too much and cause a problem for our plants. When watering the plants, first I had to find her so that I didn’t drench her with water – or at least surprise her, as she was really quick – she leapt out of the way before the water reached her. When it rained or stormed she moved under cover, nearby. She lived in a radius of about six feet, and moved around onto different plants.
Then, three days ago, she disappeared. Very sad. She was only fast when she had to hop – and I tried not to cause her problems. She had generally moved very slowly – it looked like she was old. Apparently their lifespan is about one year.
But then it turns out she was a mother! This morning we saw lots of little hoppers on one hibiscus plant that Greeney had spent a lot of time on. They are really cute. However, if more than two or three grow up and stay it’ll be a problem for our plants, so we’ll see what happens. At the moment there seem to be around 20 of them.