Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Bark Scorpion Eating

One of my favorite experiences when I TAed insect systematics last fall was the non-insect arthropods lab.  We fed many different large, scary scorpions, centipedes, and spiders during the session and it was a lot of fun.  This was one of them:

bark scorpion eating cricket

Bark scorpion eating a cricket

Though quite small compared to other scorpions in Arizona, the bark scorpions are pretty formidable because they’re highly venomous, plus they can climb walls.  Really fun to watch eating though!  (If you haven’t ever seen a scorpion eating, I’ve got a video of it.)

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