Inspiration for today’s post is courtesy of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is Today. I had scheduled another post, but could not resist posting the photograph of this handsome bug!
While watering my vegetable garden today I was suddenly attacked by this enormous bug. Yes, it was GINORMOUS! Deep in thought and in auto-pilot you can imagine my horror as “It” literally jumped, and then flew straight at me landing on my chest – the term a “flying jump” took on a whole new meaning! It then launched itself at me not once, not twice but several times in succession. I jumped at least six-foot in the air in sheer terror, screaming hysterically while frantically waving my arms like a windmill in a hurricane as I tried desperately to shoo it away, but to no avail.
Not satisfied in scaring me half to death it then proceeded to chase me round the garden. I’m still screaming hysterically and frantically waving my arms. Thank goodness the neighbours were out and I did not have to explain my strange behaviour!
I ran back to retrieve the hose and swiftly turned the nozzle on to jet wash. YAY! Revenge. Me gasping for breath, and “it” soaking wet, we eyed each other suspiciously and called a truce.
Mr. Piglet had warned me a territorial giant bug about 4-5 inches long had taken up residence in my vegetable area, while I was in the UK, but I thought he was joking!
“IT” has obviously made itself at home in Piglet’s Plot so like the other critters in my garden I should give “IT” a name. However, I don’t even know what type of bug it is…maybe a cricket?
I came indoors soaking wet and out of breath. Mr Piglet enquired “Was that YOU screaming?”
Any ideas what type of bug it is and what I should call “it”?
has just advised me the Portuguese name for grasshopper is gafanhoto. Thank you!