• Aculeus "stinger", (with a drop of pre-venom coming out)
  • Pectine
  • Telson (stinger as a whole)
  • Metasoma "tail"
  • Tergites (back scutes)
  • Eyes (8 total)
  • Chelicerae (jaws)
  • Chela (claw), pl. Chelae
  • Pedipalp (palp), pl. Pedipalps
  • Sternites (belly scutes)
  • Anus
  • Prosoma (Cephalothorax) "head"
  • Mesosoma "body"
  • Tarsus "moveable claw"
  • Manus "fixed claw"
  • Pleural membrane
  • Vesicle "venom gland"
  • Femur
  • Patella
  • Tarsal claws (ungues)
  • Tarsus
  • Basitarsus
  • Tibia
  • Patella (brachium)
  • Trochanter
  • Femur
  • Legs
  • Metasomal segment
  • Opisthosoma "abdomen" (mesosoma + metasoma)

Duplex Glows

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This is Duplex, my black-top desert hairy scorpion, Hadrurus spadix, under a blacklight. In normal light she looks like this:

You should NEVER leave a blacklight on a scorpion long-term. The intense UV rays will eventually kill the nocturnal animal. Some pet stores market scorpion habitats with blacklights because they look cool, but they don't tell you the facts.

This photo is also featured on an eHow tutorial for finding scorpions at night:

And on a list of strange things that have made it onto planes:

kidddrunkadelic14, César Rincón, and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. lasertrimman 90 months ago | reply

    These are great pictures. Thank you, so much, for adding them to Scorpions.

  2. dangriga 83 months ago | reply

    Please add this photo to:

    Pandinus imperator

    Thank you

  3. Catalin Caranicola 82 months ago | reply

    How do you obtain this effect?:) Never seen these glowing effects in any photos until now.

  4. Furryscaly 82 months ago | reply

    Actually, all I used was a blacklight. All scorpions naturally glow under a blacklight because a protein in their exoskeleton reflects ultraviolet radiation. You can duplicate the shot, all you need is a blacklight, a decent camera, and a scorpion ;)

  5. RCKM ©®™ 74 months ago | reply

    CONGRATS!! I was reading an article on AOL and your picture was chosen to represent the scorpion .. and you actually received credit for it .. even better!!!


  6. ricecakes885 61 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Macro (Bright & Colorful ONLY), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. briantravelman 45 months ago | reply

    dude that hecka sweet!

  8. kansaikate 45 months ago | reply

    This shot is great! Do you know about PhotoVoo on Facebook? There's a new Voo for unusual pets... apps.facebook.com/photovoo/go/ph otovoos/1687-unusual-pets/?r=058ol#!/photovoo /swnjhg1647l/photovoos/1687

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