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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-17 7:13
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I dedicate this post to our friend from Turkey for completing his 200 posts here in TN. CONGRATULATIONS Ahmet. I am not a scorpion expert. So I don't know what genus or species this belongs and moreover this is my first post of scorpion here on TN so here is some info about scorpions from Wikipedia.

Scorpions are eight -legged carnivorous arthropods. A member of the Arachnida class and belonging to the order Scorpiones, there are about 2000 species of scorpions. They are found widely distributed south of 49° N, except New Zealand and Antarctica.

The body of a scorpion is divided into two segments: the cephalothorax (also called the prosoma) and the abdomen/opisthosoma. The abdomen consists of the mesosoma and the metasoma.

Scorpions have quite variable lifespans and the actual lifespan of most species is not known. The age range appears to be approximately 4-25 years (25 years being the maximum reported life span in the species H. arizonensis). Lifespan of Hadogenes species in wild is estimated to 25-30 years.

Scorpions prefer to live in areas where the temperatures range from 20°C to 37°C (68°F to 99°F), but may survive from freezing temperatures to the desert heat.

Scorpions of genus Scorpiops living in high Asian mountains, Bothriuridae scorpions from Patagonia and small Euscorpius scorpions from middle Europe can all survive winter temperatures of about -25°C.

They are nocturnal and fossorial, finding shelter during the day in the relative cool of underground holes or undersides of rocks and coming out at night to hunt and feed. Scorpions exhibit photophobic behavior, primarily to evade destruction by their predators such as birds, centipedes, lizards, mice, possums, and rats.

Scorpions are opportunistic predators of small arthropods and insects. They use their chela (pincers) to catch the prey initially. Depending on the toxicity of their venom and size of their claws, they will then either crush the prey or inject it with neurotoxic venom. This will kill or paralyze the prey so the scorpion can eat it. Scorpions have a relatively unique style of eating using chelicerae, small claw-like structures that protrude from the mouth that are found only in a handful of invertebrates, including spiders and vinegaroons. The chelicerae, which are very sharp, are used to pull small amounts of food off the prey item for digestion. Scorpions can only digest food in a liquid form; any solid matter (fur, exoskeleton, etc) is disposed of by the scorpion.

All scorpion species possess venom. In general, scorpion venom is described as neurotoxic in nature. One exception to this however is Hemiscorpius lepturus which possesses cytotoxic venom. The neurotoxins consist of a variety of small proteins as well as sodium and potassium cations, which serve to interfere with neurotransmission in the victim. Scorpions use their venom to kill or paralyze their prey so that it can be eaten; in general it is fast acting, allowing for effective prey capture. The effects of the sting can be severe.

Scorpions are also known to glow when exposed to certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light such as that produced by a blacklight. You can see a post from Ahmet (rousettus) HERE.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Dromopoda
Order: Scorpiones

MMM, eqshannon, goldyrs, Alex99, jaycee, Jamesp, boreocypriensis, uleko, zulfu, Juyona, ramthakur, matatur, parthasarathi, montivipera, marhowie, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-17 7:15]

Interesting image of scorpion.You had capture nice details.The image is also well in focus.Excellent text
TFS Michel

Ouch! Neat image...I didn't know they came in colours...this is a new one for me. Much appreciated lesson and notes...I had you off as a friend by accident...got it fixed now...sorry.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-17 8:05]

Hi Haraprasan,

I'm always surpised to see anything but a red or white scorpion because that's what I see here. Great shot of this one which looks prehistoric. A nice dedication to Ahmet.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-17 8:09]

Hi Haraprasan.
I like this extreme close-up picture. Subject is terrible and nice of the same time. I like impressive low POV and great DOF and sharpness of the insect image. Excellent flash work and touching dedication. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-17 8:46]

Hi Haraprasan

Great POV with very good detail and exposure.


Hi my beloved friend Haraprasan,
A superb macro shot of this scorpion species. Iam sure that it is very dangereous! Great composition and nice dedication to our joint friend and my Bro Ahmed!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-17 11:29]

Hello Haraprasan,
This is a nasty-looking Scorpion very well captured. Great focus and very sharp details. I wonder what size this is? Interesting note too. Nice dedication to Ahmet!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-17 13:08]

Hello Haraprasan,
Great capture of this Scorpion and nice dedication! TFS.


Ciao Haraprasan,
davvero una singolare immagine di scorpione, da un ottimo punto di vista.
Bella la coda ripiegata con la ghiandola velenifera che sembra pronta a colpire.
Cari saluti,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-17 13:58]

Hola Haraprasan,
buena captura,
interesante pov, y acción...
creo que el skorpion está enfadado, :))
buena dedicatoria para nuestro amigo,
saludos Haraprasan.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-17 14:26]

Wow! What a great capture of this Scorpion!
How big was it? It looks huge!
Great sharpness and detail.
Excellent clarity.
The lighing is brilliant!
Nice dediction to Ahmet as well.
Nice work Haraprasan,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-17 15:40]

Hi Hara,impressive and dark pic,excellent work,perfect moment to take and very interesting note,thanks for share your work,Luciano

A perfect demonstration of the Yoga Asana named after this vicious but elegant creature, HP.
Very well captured shot using fill flash.
The details on the Scorpion are excellent.
TFS and all the best.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-18 3:19]

Hi Haraprasan,
Wonderful shot of this Scorpion in a frightening posture. Very neat and sharp image with good use of flash lighting. This side profile looks great and the you have captured it with fine details. Excellent low POV and composition. Kudos.

Very beautiful shot...I feel scared looking at this shot...
Very well done, HP.

An ugly brute of a scorpion captured from an ants-eye view Haraprasan, maybe when it fluoresces under UV it looks lovelier, but I'm sure Ahmet woluld like it as it were...

Hi Harprasan
What a wonderful picture. You've caught the scorpion in very good pose. It looks quite scary.
Good composition and exposition> Interesting POV>
Thanks for sharing

Wonderful image and information.

Scary! Those things are mean.....great imagine - very fierce.

Hi Haraprasan,
Splendid night capture of this scorpion, which is one of my favourite animal groups. I especially like the perspective. And also it's a kind dedication to Dr. Ahmet Karatas, TFS.

Cool lookin' scorpion HP, the flash effect works well for this one.
Nice detail, comp, and a good low POV also :)
Well done & have a great week!

Hello Haraprasan
I am really sorry for my delay. I am in field trips for my scientific studies. I work in field until late evening. I use internet rarely. But now I am honoured this great dedication. This is really great macro shot of Indian scorpion. Your region (Oriental or Indian Region, zoogeographically) fauna almost different our Palaearcic. It is more similar African (Ethiopian) Region than Asia. This is a result of the Continental Drift of Waganer's famous theory. But when I came back to house, I will checked my document for specific identification. Thanks again for your courtesy. best wishes my friend

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