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Centruroides vittatus

Centruroides vittatus
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1971
Categories: Insects
Camera: Edixa-Mat Reflex B, Zeiss Tessar 40 mm, Agfa color 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): scorpions of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-24 9:02
Viewed: 4430
Points: 14
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From the Bryan/Texas backyard:
This animal seems to be the Striped scorpion (Buthidae: Centruroides vittatus). That's according to http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/scorpiones/buthidae.html; thanks Kari! Thanks Artur! The long and slender scissors, the yellow legs and the two dark dorsal stripes speak for the 6 cm species. It lives in the Southern U.S. and Northern Mexico and seems to be quite common in Texas homes. In our yard it turned up under rotten logs. We were delighted, not frightened by the sight of this creature.
Again there is an example of an unusual body plan. The immobilizing sting to it's prey (insects and the like) is applied with the tail. By the way: the sting of this species is reportedly not dangerous to man (it may hurt for 20 min.; anaphylactic shock of sensitive persons cannot be excluded). Love making and child raising is unique in scorpions. Hollywood is hard put to invent completely new body plans for aliens!

The old Agfa slide was scanned, parts blurred in PS to make grains disappear, the whole slightly sharpened. Enjoy.

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Hello Dietrich,
A very good macro of this insect.
I like the POV and all details shown here, specially the translucent body.
Good light and exposure used.
Well done, thanks for share and greetings,

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  • Artur Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 8] (1102)
  • [2007-01-24 9:58]
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more likely striped bark scorpionm Centruroides vittatus
see for example

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-24 10:28]

Hello Dietrich,
You made a good job of this scanned slide to show us a scorpion that seldom if ever occurs on TN. Nice comp and pretty sharp with good lighting.
TFS and take care!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hola Dietrich,
Excelente la nitidez y el detalle conseguido, enhorabuena. Un cordial saludo

"Enjoyed" it thoroughly; thanks for the suggestion, Dietrich!
Marvellous macro of this unusual looking scorpion.
Once again, the scan is excellent.

Weird !!!!! But definately interesting! I found one once in clothes I had soaked for a long time in a bucket of soapy water. It was still alive, even after I had scrubbed the clothes with it inside th epants leg of mine. I found it in Kalpa, Kinnuar,India, in the Himalayas.

Nice scorpion capture. I don't believe this species makes it out to the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona. We have different ones there. :)

Every Spring newspapers publish maps identifying where the most scorpions are found in the Phoenix metropolitan area. They are quantified by mailing zip code areas and they report the number of scorpion stings reported within each zip code.

Scorpions are social animals that usually live in underground dens like ants. Some places have lots of them, others have none at all, but you can't easily tell if they are in your area because they spend most of their time hidden underground. They also can squeeze under doors and easily get into people's houses.

I apparently have been lucky, I've rarely seen one and have never been stung.

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