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January 16, 2017

Tiny black insects have descended upon many areas in Australia like the Sunshine Coast, and their main target seems to be light coloured cars.

The sticky black bugs known as the Rutherglen bug are common in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia around this season. They appear in large numbers and people have even reported them biting.

According to Entomologist Dr Christine Lamkin, of the Queensland Museum, they aren’t biting but injecting their proboscis into you to see if you’re good enough to eat. This however can be painful.

The light coloured cars may remind them of flowers that they would normally eat and if they descend in a swarm, they are probably just looking for food, yet another reason that no Australian home should go without insect screens.


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