I have been quite invested and proud of all the lovely things growing in our little back courtyard after inheriting some beautiful pots and plants from my friend Trev. It’s been either hot or windy or both and I’ve been watering every day, with a beady eye on the little roses, huge marigolds, brilliant basil and tons of other stuff. I have also been trying to rescue a lemon tree in a big pot. For years the thing has been getting chowed by caterpillars. This year I had to completely cut the tree down, and a whole bunch of those little sprouty leaves started growing quite close to the base. I started feeling hope.

Then, fifteen minutes ago I went to water and I found about ten of these guys! And other smaller prickly ones too, but these guys are huge! And, I just want to know; where did they come from? How did they get there, these ready made monsters, so big that one or two of them have even stopped eating and are about to pupate!