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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): scorpions of the world, Arthropods except insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-16 12:08
Viewed: 6731
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today something very dangerous!!! So please be careful watching this image!!! ;>

This is a scorpion belonging to genus Buthus (Buthidae), but the species name is not know for me as for know (there are 12 very similar species, 50% of them descibed as new for science during lat 6 years!!!).

As at this moment I can not provide details about this species (except it size - some 45mm excluding metasoma), so here you are a few facts about Maroccan scorpion fauna:

1. Number of species: about 30, including genera: Buthus, Androctonus, Butheoloides, Hottentota, Orthochirus.

2. How deadly are Moroccan scorpions? In general these creatures can be divided into two "groups": yellow and black scorpions. The black ones and yellow with thiny chelicerae are usually... deadly for human! About 90-100 people die every year after attack of these arachnids; they are especially dangerous for children - kins under 15 make up 95 % of deaths.

3.Endemic species: make more than 15% of Moroccan scorpion fauna, what means that they do not occur in other areas of the world.

I mentioned above that the hero from this picture was only some 45mm. Only? Yes, only! Especially if we note that in Silurian period there were scorpions which had some... 1 meter!!! It was Brontoscorpio anglicus which lived not in sandy areas like dunes or derests but it lived in the sea!!! :>

The picture was taken during hunting on tiger beetle (the pictures soon :>), this "little one" was resting under the stone in sandy area near Skhirat, NW Morocco.

I hope that all of you survided watching this picture ;>

Argus, zetu, Marx44, rousettus, eqshannon, uleko, nglen, horia, red45, ramthakur, cloud, boreocypriensis, Noisette, Alex99, siggi has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To LordPotty: hunting.... not only for beetles :)cicindela 1 05-16 16:47
To rousettus: scorpion ID?cicindela 1 05-16 16:15
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-16 12:39]

Hello Radomir,
A superb portrait taken from a great POV on the sandy BG with fine sharpness to show the features of this N. African species of Scorpion in an excellent way.
A fine illustration of this scorpion.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-16 13:01]

Hello Radomir
Wonderful capture, great details and natural colors.

Ciao Radomir, superb capture of terrific scorpion with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-16 14:13]

Fajny skorpion, dobrze że u nas takie nie chodzą.
Kolory i kompozycja bez zarzutu.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-16 14:42]

Hello Radomir,
Great photo of this scorpion. Beautiful natural camouflaged colours. Excellent POV and sharpness. Beautiful DOF in the photo.

Hello Radomir,
excellent shot for buthid scorpion with great informative notes on Moroccan scorpions. sharp details, POV, sandy composition and exposure wonderful. Since my wife is scorpion specialist; I am also interested scorpions and read many literature about Moroccan scorpions for comparison Turkiye and other Western Palaearctik countries fauna. you are right, there are many species in there and some of them newly described. thanks for sharing, have a good night my friend

Hi Radomir,
What an awesome capture of this Scorpion.
Exposure and sharpness are good and the colour looks natural.
This would have made hunting Tiger Beetles a bit scary I would think.
Cheers & TFS

Superior information...I have never seen in actuality nor would I want to....I have heard horror stories..Iwill not try to ever take this image unless I am captured by Mexican drug cartels....but that is unlikely!

Hello Radomir,
excellent portrait,great details and colors,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-17 6:36]

Hello Radomir!
A very fine close-up of this nasty little animal! One that I hope not to stumble upon! You must watch out while lying down in the sand photographing Tiger Beetles! It is certainly nicely camouflaged on the sand! Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Radomir
great picture very sharpness and good details
beautiful composition with beautiful colours
greeting lou

ps.have you see my tiger beetle on page 2

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-17 11:59]

Hi Radomir . This is a fantastic close up one i would not have done. You must know what you are up to when near scorpion. You have taken a good low POV on the sand. with good detail and natural colours. Interesting notes too. Well done tFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-18 0:58]

Hi Radek

A very interesting and dangerous post here!
I really like both your picture and your excellent note on Maroccan scorpions.
Very good details here and terrific low POV that gets us right next to your subject and lets us explore it so well.
Very good DOF, as well as overall lighting.

Bravo and TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-18 4:27]

Czesc Radek!

Nigdy nie widzialem skorpiona w naturze i jakos nie pale sie do takiego spotkania :-) Ten tu wyglada raczej groznie. Zdjecie bardzo ladne, zwierzak ostry. Jak zwykle ciekawa notka. Pamietam jeszcze te skorpiony z Syluru z ksiazek czytanych w podstawowce :-)

Well taken, good detail.


A very sharp and stunning photo of one of my least liked insects.If they are anything like the scorpions we have further south in South Africa/Namibia then this one is not a deadly variety - usually those with big pincers are less poisonous as they rely on their pincers rather than their venom to catch prey.

I can see the deadly sting of the Scorpion tucked away at the end of its diabolic tail, Radomir. I know how dangerous this fellow is: we have plenty Scorpions in our country.
The image is well captured against the background of sand. Your images of insects are always perfect and this one is no exception.
Well done and TF sharing another subject from Morocco.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-05-19 10:27]

Dokladne ujecie tego znanego mi rowniez tylko ze zdjec skorpiona. Moge tu do0brze widziec barwy jego ciala.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Hi MF Radek, a great macro shot of this Maroccan venomous beauty:> in an attack position with excellent lit and details.
Your POV is also great MF!.
TFS and cheers,

Ps. Yes! D. Attenborough is the same rthat you know in my reference:> also my e-mails: [email protected] (official) & [email protected] (for big sided files). i am looking forward your shots too.

Hello Radomir
very great capture of this scorpion, the details are amazing and i like his pose
lovely colors and superb POV of this very dangerous animal
very well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-20 11:21]

Hi Radomir.
Simply amazing presentation of this dangerous insect. Your POV, pose of the insect, farming and composition of the shot as well as DOF and sharpness are excellent. It seems to me that contrast and exposure are not optimal. However, these are not a key point of this stunning shot. TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-22 23:25]

Hallo Radomir,
Bardzo interesujace zdjecie,ja osobiscie jeszcze skorpiona na wolnosci nie spotkalem.Doskonala ostrosc i naturalna kolorystyka.Podoba sie.Pozdrawiam Siggi.

Twoje zdjecia "kamasutry" sa swietne

Witaj Radomir. Magnificent detailed graphic effetc from the skin. Good work with low light for an impressive taken in perfect DOF.


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