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Re: SCORPIONS - Info and Identification Thread
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2014, 07:39:22 pm »
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Been to a couple of Jonathan's talks on spiders and scorpions, it's made me much less fearful of both.
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Re: SCORPIONS - Info and Identification Thread
« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2014, 08:21:49 pm »
Here is one I saw in the Richtersveld.  Was surprised he/she was around in the mid day sun. Don't they tend to shelter during the middle of the day?


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Re: SCORPIONS - Info and Identification Thread
« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2014, 09:31:06 pm »
Here is one I saw in the Richtersveld.  Was surprised he/she was around in the mid day sun. Don't they tend to shelter during the middle of the day?


Beautiful!!
Yeah, you found the world's only diurnal thick-tail! All other species seek shelter during the day, except this one.
Aptly named the Hairy Thick-tail (Parabuthus villosus)  :thumleft:

This boy is near the top of the list of; try very hard not to get stung by him.

Huge sting, with a ton of poison.

Been stung by a juvenile one on my arse! Jeez!!!!

Buddy of mine stepped on one. He was young and fit and it still had him in hallucinations and pain for 5 days.

Fortunately not aggressive unless handled badly.

It's a busy scorpion, doesn't really stop moving.

Big bugger!
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Re: SCORPIONS - Info and Identification Thread
« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2014, 10:26:50 pm »
I came across a reprint of Simon van der Stel's journal of his journey up  to Namaqualand way back in 1685. Basically van der Stel was looking for the source of the copper.  He took an artist with whose focus had to be the plants & living creatures they came across.  Why the focus was not the countryside is a mystery to me.  He did this one of 2 scorpions they saw.  I expect these are the first decent drawings of local scorpions.  The artist was a German named Claudius.  Same artist had also accompanied Hop who went across the Gariep (Orange) before the van der Stel expedition.
EDIT: I notice he draws 7 Metasoma for both tails whereas the first post shows that scorpions have only 5 of them.
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Re: SCORPIONS - Info and Identification Thread
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