patio pest or friend - garden cricket
I have a large basement patio in a build up part of central London. I have around 80 large and small container plants including tiny water feature.I noticed recently that some of the larger plants have had large leaves (and often entire plants) eaten overnight. I use vine weevil controls regularly and the extent of the damage is too much to blame on vine weevil. Today I may have found the culprit and am not sure what to do. I saw a very large cricket / grass hopper type insect sitting on the patio chair mid afternoon. It had very long antennae; very long back legs; brown in colour with wings flat over the back of the abdomen. It measured in all 2 inches across. I tried to take a photo but it disappeared before I could find my camera. Could it be this insect that is eating my plants (never had this problem before). And if so what (if anything) can I do to stop this. I was more than surprised to see it given the location of my patio garden and the central, noisy polluted London location of it.
- 3 Aug, 2009