Not the clearest photos, but considering that I was teetering on a dining room chair attempting to focus on a moving insect who stilt-walked from wall, to ceiling, to curtain, perhaps understandable.
Tis the season of large insects that zoom, bounce and whir, landing in the cat yard, clinging to screens, popping in the open sliding door.
Some of them have been 'helped' inside by a cat--in the space of an hour I gently extracted two grasshoppers from Teasel's clamped jaws. Charlie brought me an impressive black buzzy thing with iridescent gauzy wings. Large metallic-green beetles rattle in and lie flailing on the floor while curious felines gather round to poke and prod.
Willow was very intrigued with the katy-did, leaping to the buffet for a closer look, then trying to scale the dining-room wall for a closer view while the thing bopped jauntily about.
The katydid is of the family tettigoniidae and in Britain is known as a 'bush crickett"--so says wikipedia.
One way of distinguishing a kaydid from a green grasshopper is by the length of the antennae--most visible in my second photo.
The other oddity of the day was this glossy purple pepper.
I sowed a few seeds from a packet of mixed sweet peppers.
This is one of only several plants that survived a rough season.
I made a stir-fy this afternoon with part of the pepper, an eggplant, a zuchinni and a tiny yellow crookneck squash, several pods of okra. . A bit of onion was sauteed before I added the sliced veggies which had been bathed in beaten egg, then dredged with seasoned flour.
Even 'the boy' who is modeling the pepper above, proclaimed it good, although mentioning that he preferred last week's fry which included bits of chicken.