A Visual Guide To The Most Common Biting And Stinging Bugs

A Visual Guide To The Most Common Biting And Stinging Bugs

There are a lot of creepy crawlies out there that can’t help but bite or sting you when you get too close. This infographic shows 28 arthropods that you’ll want to be able to identify if you find one on your arm, and explains whether their bite or sting is medically significant.

Thankfully, most bug bites and stings don’t require medical attention (unless you’re allergic). Still this identification guide from Luke Guy and John Goldthwaite, and published by Pest Pro App, can let you know for sure. You’ll see a picture of the bug, the most common names for it, and a description of how they’re known to behave around people.

Not all these critters are found down under, and there are a few bits of Australiana missing too. You won’t find a Huntsman or a Funnelweb on there, for example. But thankfully it’s been decades since the last Australian died to a spider bite anyway.

The infographic will also see if the sting or bite is painful, life-threatening, or if there’s a high chance it can get it infected. Last, but not least, the guide lets you know if the bite or sting should receive legitimate medical attention. Some of the spiders on here have been covered before in another identification guide, but you’ll learn about wasps, ants, flies, ticks, scorpions, and even bed bugs here.

The Top 28 Biting & Stinging Arthropods [Pest Pro App]


  • This infographic would need to be like three times as big if it was actually relevant to Australia.

  • Chris J, I know that often it’s expedient to pull information from the parent USA site and display it locally as if it’s written here, but there are some that are less than helpful.

    This particular author seems to make a lot of USA only posts that are completely irrelevant to the rest of the world, have you considered just cutting her articles so they are not published in Australia?

    She really isn’t worth the column centimetres outside of their country.

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