Bird's Eye View of Bute

Common Green Grasshopper

Common Green Grasshopper
Common Green Grasshopper
(2) Grasshopper
(2) Grasshopper
(3) Grasshopper
(3) Grasshopper

 

 

The Common Green Grasshopper
When heading back home after a good day at the South end of the Island, and when nearing the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay War Memorial, where I spotted this wee Grasshopper on the road.


Well, if you look at the picture it looks more like a quarry that it was in, but no, it was on the middle of a road, and it is no wonder that tyres don’t last very long, or even my boots with deep crevices in abundance.
It is not as bad as it seems as the wee hopper is only 20mm in length (three quarters of an inch), so the crevices are not as they appeared to be at first glance.
Well, It was in no mood to wait for my camera to focus, and jumped off along the road, then, as I was ready to press the camera button, a car appeared from the memorial direction with the driver giving it laldy, yet was not breaking the speed limit for that area, it just looked and felt like they were, so exit stage right into a nearby ditch noticing the big smile on the drivers face.,
Well I thought, that was the last of the Grasshopper, but no, it had also took refuge in one of those crevices and was in no mood to move, so set up camera once more and got this shot that you now see.
Then I tried to catch it and put it in a safe haven, but it was having none of that and hopped away post-haste along the road with me in hot pursuit, then , as you would expect, another car appeared from the same direction as the first and about the same speed, but as I had been chasing it along the in the direction that the car was coming from, it was on me right away, so once more into the ditch, but I had to move that quickly that I did not see if the driver, like the other one , had a big grin on their face , or was in stiches laughing?
Well, it made a wee change for them, seeing a numpty practically on his knees chasing something that they could not see, and, as it was during opening time at Kingarth Hotel, they probably thought that I had been imbibing, so it must have looked hilarious.
I see a few of these Grasshoppers but mostly in long grass, which makes them very hard to photograph, or even to catch, and when one is caught, trying to hold onto it while getting the camera ready is no mean feat, and when you are ready, and you open up your hand slowly, it’s gone, so, look for another, or say, to pot with this, or maybe I should retrace my steps and go into Kingarth Hotel and relax with a couple of Scotland’s best, then get the bus home.
 

Norrie Mulholland

First Published in the Buteman 16-12-2011


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