Pesky Ceratopogonidae (aka midges)

Guest bloggers
Published 01 May 2020 
by Tracey Skippings 
about  Charles Darwin Reserve  
Tracey and the Team<br/> Tracey and the Team
Spectacular surrounds but tough going on this occasion<br/> Spectacular surrounds but tough going on this occasion

Whilst our volunteers aren't able to get out into the field, we've requested stories about their previous adventures. Tracey Skippings from Western Australia recalls a rather testing weeding bee on Charles Darwin Reserve

Looking back, I recall that a weeding bee on the 24th June 2015 at Charles Darwin Reserve proved to be hell. 

The midges were beyond belief and we were bitten mercilessly every day. 

Even with clothing from top to toe, hats, fly/mosquito nets, gloves, insect repellent, voodoo chants and swearing we could not avoid them. 

Beautiful weather, countryside and lots of water around of course, pleased us considerably.  The work, however, suffered somewhat with folks occasionally beating themselves around the face and head in a frenzy to kill the little blighters.

We haven’t experienced them at subsequent volunteer work bees thank goodness.  And the wide open spaces, wild environs, hard work and friendship make up for it.

Tracey and the Team<br/> Tracey and the Team
Spectacular surrounds but tough going on this occasion<br/> Spectacular surrounds but tough going on this occasion