Mosquitoes are, without doubt, a right pain here in Australia. Well, not just Australia, mosquitoes irritate people in many countries so we are not alone with that. Fortunately, our mosquitoes carry far fewer diseases than they do in some regions, so at least we can be thankful of that. I’ve written quite a bit about [...]

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My wife says I have ugly feet. Normally I’d disagree, but not today. Because today my feet are ugly, and painful, and itchy and, well, they look like this… Let’s take a closer look… Unhappy feet. This, as many of you will know, is the work of Ceratopogonidae. Or, as they are more commonly known, [...]


Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been talking about the biggest and baddest Australian bad things that I have encountered, namely the mozzies and the sandflies. The funny thing is when I came to Australia I thought the biggest baddest thing would probably be snakes or if not, possibly spiders. I was never really [...]


In last weeks post we talked about the world’s worst insect, the mosquito. At the foot of that post I mentioned that this week I would introduce you to the mozzies irritating little brother. Technically I am not sure if they are related, but they are both ‘orrible little bloodsuckers. First, a picture of this [...]


In England, it was called a plain and simple gnat. Every now and then, you’d get a gnat bite. DANG! But in hotter countries, where the tabloid press does not lead with the headline “Phew, What a Scorcher!” as soon as the temperature hits 80°F, they become MOSQUITOES. Forget spiders, crocodiles, alligators, lions, kangaroos breaking [...]