A few months ago, my mum, the Keng Hwa queen (so nicknamed because the Keng Hwa plants are her “babies”) noticed a new visitor on one of the Keng Hwa plants.
I thought it was a locust because it was pretty big at about 8cm from head to other end, but online searching did not confirm that, so I’ll resort to calling it a locust until advised otherwise – although they’re both from the grasshopper family.
Whatever insect it really is, it made a re-appearance today, at my roselle plants.
It seemingly nibbled along the stem and some of the young leaves. However, when it left, the stems didn’t look eaten. Could it have been eating little mealy bugs that I couldn’t see? Because those darned bugs were setting up home on the roselle plants, which was why I was there – removing the larger (yuk!) squishy bugs by hand.
Well, it’s wishful thinking on my part, and maybe the locust was indeed feeding on my plant instead of the bugs, but it didn’t like being stalked by a photographer. In a blink of the eye, it shot out of sight with a buzz, like some kind of superhero. Seeing it once was a coincidence. Seeing it a second time says we’ll probably see it again. Maybe by then, I’ll know what to call it.
Addendum to this post, 17 Sept 2011: Thanks to my visitor Pat, I now know that this insect is indeed a grasshopper – an adult female Obscure Birdwing Grasshopper (Schistocerca obscura), to be exact. Scroll on down to the comments for more information. Thanks, Pat!