Under the microscope

A couple of somewhat random shots that had been on deck,  just waiting for an excuse to be posted.  Not really sure what’s under the microscope. However, that is a real and very small bark scorpion who passed on, never reaching its full adult size of about 2 inches.  Scorpions are among the venomous neighbors that live around us in the Arkansas Ouachitas.

LOOKING LARGE — Shot into the eyepiece of a microscope set up as part of a 4-H learning activity.
TINY — Bark scorpion and penny under an 8x loupe.

On a dime

There’s a good reason we shake out our shoes before wearing them.  This striped bark scorpion passed onto the big rock pile in the sky long before it reached adulthood. It’s not unusual to find adults in the house, walking the bathroom floor in their odd, tank-like way, only to perish under the force of a rolled up issue of Wine Spectator.

Baby scorpion on a dime
Bark scorpion fits on a dime.
Scorpion on a dime, facing front

Two baby scorpions
Found months apart.
From pincers to stinger, this tiny scorpion is as complete as a 2-inch adult.