Here's a cicada butt. (Click to enlarge cicada butt):
At one point I unfortunately knocked over a small burnt-out stump, and released some angry ants, one of which bit me on my sandaled foot. Ow. I went to check my foot, and found leeches stuck into me, in between my toes and on my foot and leg. Leeches! I didn't even step in any water!
Here's a short video of the aftermath of their bloody attack, and the pulled-off leeches (which then stuck to my thumbs, needing removing once again) coming after me for more:
And here's a good closeup of a leech I found on my neck about a half-hour later:
They appear to be Australian Land Leeches. (Yay!)
One of the most hated creatures of the Australian bush is the blood-sucking Australian Land Leech (Gnatbobdellida libbata). Although most species of leech are found in aquatic environments, this one has adapted to life in the moist rainforests [editor's note: nobody told me that!] and wet eucalypt forests of eastern Australia. When conditions are suitable (moist ground conditions), these horrible relatives of the worm come out onto bushwalking and animal tracks and wait for their victims. They do this by ‘standing’ in an upright position, clasping the ground with their posterior sucker, as per the shot on the left.
Once again, and all-around perfect day in Australia.
P.S. Christine says she's alive, well, and, "Hi!"