Located in the West MacDonnell National Park,
Simpsons Gap is one of the more well
known gaps in the West MacDonnell Range, being only 26 km west of Alice
During periods of rainfall in
the region, many of the gorges, waterways and dry riverbeds fill with water. If
enough rain falls, creating pools of water, nature takes its course and life
appears as if from nowhere.
One of the interesting looking insects found
swimming in the pools is the Water Scorpion, whose other common name is
Toe-biter. These strange looking creatures are carnivores, feeding on other
aquatic organisms that they can capture including tadpoles, small frogs and
small fish. They swim with the tip of their long needle like tail breaking the
water surface, acting as a breathing siphon.