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RAINING CREEPY CRAWLIES: Thousands of spiders, geckos, grasshoppers, earwigs, cockroaches, beetles and crickets sought refuge on the rails of a low lying bridge on Reynolds Road during minor flooding in Casino.
RAINING CREEPY CRAWLIES: Thousands of spiders, geckos, grasshoppers, earwigs, cockroaches, beetles and crickets sought refuge on the rails of a low lying bridge on Reynolds Road during minor flooding in Casino. Dee Hartin

"I'VE never seen anything like it".

Those were the words of Entomology expert Professor Myron Zalucki after viewing the smorgasbord of insects photographed by Dee Hartin on a bridge along Reynolds Road, north of Casino, after minor flooding on Saturday morning.

Ms Hartin said all manner of spiders, geckos, grasshoppers, earwigs, cockroaches, beetles and crickets were crawling up through the cracks of the road under the bridge and onto her feet.

Thousands of spiders, geckos, grasshoppers, earwigs, cockroaches, beetles and crickets sought refuge on the rails of a low lying bridge on Reynolds Road during minor flooding in Casino.
Thousands of spiders, geckos, grasshoppers, earwigs, cockroaches, beetles and crickets sought refuge on the rails of a low lying bridge on Reynolds Road during minor flooding in Casino. Dee Hartin

She said water was covering the road but was level with the low lying bridge.

Prof. Zalucki, from the University of Queensland, said the majority of the insects pictured were ground-dwellers.

"Basically they're getting the hell out of there," he said.

Thousands of spiders, geckos, grasshoppers, earwigs, cockroaches, beetles and crickets sought refuge on the rails of a low lying bridge on Reynolds Road during minor flooding in Casino.
Thousands of spiders, geckos, grasshoppers, earwigs, cockroaches, beetles and crickets sought refuge on the rails of a low lying bridge on Reynolds Road during minor flooding in Casino. Contributed Dee Hartin

Prof Zalucki said he had seen the same species of insects aggregate going into diapause but never anything like this "eclectic mixture".

Australian Museum head of entomology, Dr Dave Britton, said the assorted terrestrial insects and spiders caught up in the floodwaters in the photograph were attempting to find higher ground.

Thousands of spiders, geckos, grasshoppers, earwigs, cockroaches, beetles and crickets sought refuge on the rails of a low lying bridge on Reynolds Road during minor flooding in Casino.Hartin
Thousands of spiders, geckos, grasshoppers, earwigs, cockroaches, beetles and crickets sought refuge on the rails of a low lying bridge on Reynolds Road during minor flooding in Casino.Hartin Dee Hartin

"One of the Museum's major early insect collections came from a collector who was stranded out at Bourke, NSW in the late 1800s during a flood (R. Helms)," he said.

"Presumably he had a smorgasbord of insects like this to collect from."


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