Olive is a collector of many odds and ends, but bugs are perhaps her favorite collectable. During the summer months when there are lots and lots of bugs, Olive is in her glory. The kind of bug does not matter. Lightening Bugs, Japanese Beetles, moths, butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets… she does not care.
Some of the bugs she catches wind up on her bulletin board with an insect pin stuck through their thorax, others get played with, and some get released.
Since moving to Wisconsin, Olive has been finding and catching a number of grasshoppers. Some of them we've used as fishing bait and others have become her pets. However, there comes a time when enough is enough and it's time to release the bug collection.
(Especially after a rogue grasshopper got out of the bug catcher and was found by Kim on a dining room chair.)
This is one of those times. Below is a five picture essay of Olive saying goodbye to the last of her 25+ grasshoppers. She released them from our second floor balcony, reassuring me that they survived the fall to the ground below.