Following the visit of Prince William, now would be a good time for that debate. Remember, I promised you a post about whether Australia should remain a monarchy or become a republic? Yes, well that is going to have to wait. Something more important has turned up and it is my duty to inform you under the rules of my category, Australia’s bad things.
A new invader in my home!
It’s felt like long time since somebody ‘new’ has trespassed within the walls of my house, so I had to search back through the posts for the last time. It wasn’t that long ago, after all. January 7th I had a Mud-dauber wasp come into my office.
Again, the intrusion was in my office whilst I was on my computer. I became aware of something playing footsie with me, I had no shoes on. I tried to ignore it, but whatever it was kept coming back. In the end, I decided to take a look. This is what I found….
So I scooped him up to take a closer look and, sadly, he didn’t look too good. He didn’t seem to be able to move as freely as I would have expected, whatever it was. I wondered whether the movement of my foot had anything to do with it. He was only about 30 cm (1 inch) long and just my foot, never mind the rest of me, is substantially bigger.
So I decided to place him inside my daughters bug catcher. Yes, my seven year old daughter has a bug catcher here in Australia.
Switches to Woody Allen voice. “A kid with a bug catcher in Australia! What are you, crazy? You got killer critters there! How can you let a kid have a bug catcher! You got funnel web spiders! What if…”
Anyway, I placed some grass and a small bowl of water in the bug catcher but at the same time changed the name of the receptacle to Emergency Ward 10 in an effort to give some kind of psychological boost to my new intruder.
I also sent a photograph of him to my local wildlife expert, Beninoz, and he identified him as a mole cricket.
Sadly, overnight, my mole cricket passed away peacefully in his sleep. But not to worry, that gave me the opportunity to take a better photograph of him without him scurrying away.
Interesting facts about the Australian mole cricket:
- They do not sting.
- They don’t bite either.
- They are not highly venomous.
- They are not toxic in any way.
- Their jaws do not clamp with pressure of 5,000 pounds per square inch.
- They cannot smell blood from more than a mile away.
- They do not have pointy barbed spears.
Seems to me the Australian mole cricket is nothing but a harmless little insect. The worst this little critter can do is mess up your lawn.
Interestingly, Australia does have quite a few harmless little insects and creatures, and that’s probably why we let our kids play with bug catchers.
See, Australia’s really not as bad as you might think.