The first takes the form of a minute green, nocturnal flying insect that moves in swarms and is drawn to light. Anyone living within cooee of Lake Wendouree will be familiar with these little fellas.
These 'Lake Insects' congregate around any light source in the evenings between early spring and late autumn and die in sufficient quantities to require sweeping by next morning.
They fly indoors and get caught in light fittings, which regularly need cleaning of their corpses.
The positive thing about the "lake insect" as I have always called it, is that it is silent and does not sting or bite. It does however get into eyes and is generally irratating if you strike a swarm of them, when walking around Lake Wendouree as they come out at dusk.
Second to the Lake Insect, is the 'Hairy Black Caterpillar' that crawls its way indoors and along the ground, often climbing up walls and ceilings.
Its spikes contain some sort of poisonous toxin, so if you touch it, it stings and burns for hours and can swell a little. Its black hairs leave a distinctive mark on human skin that lasts for days!
My two worst memories of these is once kneeling on top of one as I tended my indoor plants. The carpet on our front veranda was black and green so the caterpillar was invisible!
The second instance was having one bomb drop on me whilst sleeping early one morning. The result was a very red and swollen lip with a scar that lasted for about a week or more. Fortunately, the caterpillars seem to hang out close to Lake Wendouree and living three blocks back from it, as I do now I rarely see them!
On Wendouree Parade both these critters are an ongoing seasonal pest!
I have tried to discover the latin names for both the Lake Insect and black haiiry caterpillar, unsuccessfully. If anyone can help me out with more accurate identification or photos I would appreciate it and update this post accordingly!