There’s trauma in this leaf litter – can you see it?!
A downside to fieldwork in Australia is the number of things that will bite, impale, or otherwise injure.
We had several wet days when the leeches were out in force. At one site, half of our group suffered a leech in the eye – unpleasant!
For me, this was a somewhat traumatic introduction to these creatures. In New Zealand leeches do not make a habit of feeding on humans (generally preferring stream invertebrates instead). Biting ticks were another part of the fauna that made our close acquaintance.