February is usually our hottest month and so the garden needs a little extra help with some hand watering in certain places. When Jill and I return home from our gym workouts we always make sure we empty our water bottles on deserving potted plants.
We are always on the lookout for unusual insects, and last evening I noticed a lone grasshopper resting of the foliage of a zygo cactus. We rarely see grasshoppers in our garden. I took a couple of closeups using my old 60m f/2.8 micro lens before the creature self consciously decided to move out of sight to the other side of the leaf. Its knees appear out of focus because of the short depth of field of the micro lens.
Insects were in short supply yesterday, however I noticed that our West Indian lime tree was having another go at producing fruit. Some insect pollinator had obviously been busy last mid-month. The tree has made a couple of attempts to bear fruit since spring, but the efforts were quickly consumed by rats. Hopefully it will now be a case of third time lucky.
A grasshopper and limes in our garden
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