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It's been a fairly sparse year so far but here are a few insects that we have encountered over the past few weeks.
The Giant Valanga Valanga irregularis (Walker)
This large grasshopper is known to every gardener. A female can deposit an egg case in the ground that can give rise to a couple of dozen voracious nymphs that can defoliate nearby plants in very short order. This grasshopper has many colour morphs. Individuals can be lead grey and without many spots or mottled brown like the one above.