Swarms of insects won’t let up

Swarms of insects won’t let up

Anne-Louise Brown   |  March 28th, 2011

SWARMS of winged creepy crawlies have invaded the Gold Coast, leaving scientists and locals puzzled as to where they came from.

Hot on the heels of tonnes of water beetles taking over the Coast’s beaches, droves of dragonflies are buzzing in.

Jessica Guertin, of Nobby Beach, could not believe her eyes when she went for a walk near her home, with countless dragonflies swarming “as far as the eye could see”.

“The entire sky was just filled with dragonflies. I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.

“It happened around sunset. Everybody was just standing on the beach dumbfounded.”

Various theories surround the reason for the sudden arrival of the bugs, some suggesting it could be the result of contaminated mulch on the foreshore.

This theory was rejected by the Gold Coast City Council.

“There is no evidence that such a swarm of beetles can be sourced to the mulching which occurs within council parks along the foreshore,” a council spokesman said.

“As a rule, the council does not mulch the foreshore but does undertake some minor in-fill mulching in our parks, something which has occurred for decades.”

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