This article and accompanying photos were kindly provided by Ed Frazer (August 2017), who has lived in the district for 45 years and is well known for his award-winning photos of birds on his Brookfield property.
Working in the bush has its hazards and biting creatures are one of the most painful and frequent! We have quite a few that you might encounter in the Moggill Creek Catchment.
Which is the worst? Well they have all had a go at me and this is my list rating from one to ten. What is your experience?
|Don’t really sting, but they certainly itch!
|Sting doesn’t last, but a problem if you are allergic
|3. Hairy caterpillar:
|Hurt and cause a rash that hangs around
|The ones with the small pincers are the worst
|5. Large paper wasp:
|Sting is severe but doesn’t last long unless a lot get you
|6. Jumping spider:
|Bite is not the problem – the toxin rots the flesh from some bites
|7. Small paper wasp:
|Hurt more than the bigger ones and last longer too
|8. Assassin bugs:
|Really hurt and last a long time and the flesh around the sting rots
|9. Bull ants:
|One you’ll remember for a very long time …
|10. Bullrout (in the creeks):
|This one is a lifer – you’ll never forget it !!!
Hints and tips
Wearing suitable clothing and using insect repellent helps avoid trouble.
Ice, hot packs, vinegar, calamine lotion – nothing really works for me, but it can help distract you from the pain.
Can be a serious problem for a small number of people. Get an ambulance – don’t muck around.
Carry an Epipen if you know you may have a problem.
Ropalida romandi. I haven’t been stung by this little Yellow Paper Wasp and don’t care to!
It swarms and chases intruders and stings multiple times with a very nasty sting.
Usually it is high in a tree, but can be attached to the walls of a house.
The entrance is at the bottom of the nest.