LEPIDOPTERISM (adults) - Less frequent than erucism (larvæ) -Main families : -Saturniidæ : Hemileucinæ : Lonomia, Hylesia, South America -Thaumetopoeidæ : Anaphe, Africa ; Thaumetopoea, Eur., Euproctis, Asia - Lymantriidæ : L. dispar, Eur., North Am.
ERUCISM (larvæ) - frequent, -17 families, about 140 genera, Heterocera & some Rhopalocera, -Main families : -Saturniidæ, Hemileucinæ : Hylesia, Lonomia, South America ; -Notodontidæ : Thaumetopoea, Europe ; Anaphe, Africa -Lasiocampidæ : Dendrolimus, Asia ; Streblote, Europe - Nymphalidæ : Morpho sp.
Thaumetopoea sp. - Main species in Europa : T. processionæ, T. pityocampa -Among urticant Lepidoptera, only these species seem in a phase of territorial expansion [one cycle per annum], - Nuisances concerning also animals (dogs, cats, cattle)
STAPHYLINIDÆ (rove beetles) Characteristics - Vesicant insects, ubiquitous (> 600 sp.) - Main genus : Pæderus, toxin known - Contact dermatitis known at least at the beginning of the XXth century - Attracted on evening by light in houses, even in winter in the Mediterranean basin - Maybe important increasing frequency of accidents due to a climate change
PÉDÉRINE -Produced by an endosymbiotic bacteria, genus Pseudomonas, - Chemical synthesis realized, -Principally in females, -Dead insects “active”, -Hand palms insensitive to rinse, - Insects attracted by electric lights.
SYMPTOMATOLOGY -One or several erythema (then systemic signs possible), -Appearing after one or several insects crushed on skin, -Transport of toxins by hand palms possible, -Three grades : benign, moderate, severe (rarely) with systemic symptoms, - Secondary infection possible
OTHER SPECIES (expansions) Snakes -Vipera aspis, H. viridiflavus (Europa, latitude) - Crotalus atrox which replaces C. molossus (North America, USA, altitude)
SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT -Contacts painful, marks of contact often persistent, -Avoid rubbings, -Take off the fragments of tentacles (if any) with small tongs, - Analgesic drugs.
IULIFORMS -Diplopods : not venomous (as Chilopods, for example), but “vesicant” as some insects. Ex. : Ommatoiolus sp. -Possible huge proliferations in some countries, causes not well known, - Nuisance rather than a health problem.
ECHIS OCELLATUS -Echis ocellatus is a dangerous African viper - It is a consumer of venomous Chilopods (Scolopendra sp.) which are themselves consumers of small arthropods in rubbish piles neglected, during the rain-season. So, serious “domestic” envenomings may appear during this season in some countries of Black Africa.
URBAN SCORPIONISM Benign (France) or dangerous (America : Brazil, Argentina, USA) Characteristics (in tropical regions) : - Parthenogenesis (Tityus sp.), -Opportunistic food : cockroaches, -Ecological adaptability, - Currently : only America (N. and S.)
Adaptation to anthropic environments : urban scorpionism Tityus serrulatus : Brazil (Brasilia) Tityus trivittatus : Argentina (Buenos Aires) Centruroides sculpturatus (Los Angeles, USA), generally in gardens, not inside Common characteristics : parthenogenesis (only Tityus sp.) Main food : cockroaches, various insects
VESPA VELUTINA -Hornet Vespa velutina came probably from China (marine transport), -Rapid invasion of France up to Belgium, -Predator of bees, - Less diurnal than V. crabro, - Some deaths registered in France, even if its venom seems without particularities.
Invasive bees -Brazilian hybrids produced 50 yrs ago : Apis mellifera ligustica x A. m. adansoni -Hybrids better adapted to the tropical climate, but more aggressive (“killer bees”) -Invasion of the South America, then Central America, and North America up to Texas and Arizona. Many multiple stings recorded. - No particularities in the composition of hybrid venoms.
BEHAVIOR OF THE HYBRID BEES (“killer bees”) -They collect pollens whatever the weather, even if clouds, - In tropical regions, bees are active during the year, not only in Spring-Summer. - When a human is too near the hives, he is attacked on 500 m or more (more than the 50-100 m for A. mellifera mellifera), with multiple stings.
INVASIVE ANTS I (7-8 sp.) Commune characteristics : -Polygyny (several queens), unicoloniality (several nests, one colony), -Mating in the nest, -Omnivora, -High aggressiveness, -Rapid mobilization of the populations, -Sudden population explosions, - Not all species venomous.
INVASIVE ANTS (II) - Not (or very rarely) a medical problem, but : -Ecological problems, as a nuisance for the natural populations (arthropods, microvertebrates, plants) which are eliminated by the invasive ants. - Also : many damages in houses (electric wire, plastic things).
INVASIVE SNAKE -One example : Boiga irregularis, introduced possibly by US Army in Guam Island after the World War II -It is an opisthoglyphous snake, i.e. a venomous snake, not dangerous for adults but possibly dangerous for children. - Destroyer of the microendemic vertebrates fauna : rodents, bats, birds, lizards.
CONCLUSIONS -Role of climate changes limited, except in some arthropods (Lepidoptera, Coleoptera), and some vertebrates (snakes) - Role of human factors important concerning invasive venomous species (arthropods but also vertebrates), including some cases of adaptation of venomous species to anthropic environments.