Crickets feeling Chirpy
One of the loveliest sounds of summer would surely be the gentle 'brrrrrr' of a cricket singing in the corner of your garden on a warm evening. But when that sound goes on all night and it’s coming from behind your couch, it’s another matter!
Crickets usually live outside but may come inside to get away from waterlogged ground after rains, or when the weather turns very cold.
In the Mood for Love
In summertime, the steamy nights put grasshoppers in the mood for love. Around dusk in the disappearing light male grasshoppers sing romantic serenades to their ladies. Their range of pitch and calls are endless.
Mr Grasshopper plays his own personal musical instrument - his legs. Like a bow drawn across violin strings, the grasshopper draws his legs across his front pair of wings to make buzzes and trills.
Mystery Buddies in Your Garden
You may never have heard of a Katydid, but they're quite common backyard buddies and garden visitors. What is a Katydid? It's a cousin to the grasshopper and cricket, about 4 to 6 cm in length with extremely long, thin antennae, and powerful back legs for jumping.
Like Crickets, male Katydids play songs to romance females by rubbing their wings together.
Hip Hippity Hoppity Leafhoppers
There’s a spot of yellowy-green, brown or red on your plants and it’s jumping from place to place? Or every time you come to take a closer look it quickly scuttles around to the other side of the leaf?
It could be a leafhopper! They love to bite through leaves, stems and bits of tree trunk to suck up the delicious and nutritious plant sap. Leafhoppers particularly love Eucalyptus trees.