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better do not tease me!!!

better do not tease me!!!
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-03-30
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/120 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): scorpions of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-26 21:03
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Buthacus arenicola (family Buthidae) is one of the most aggresive and dangerous North African scorpions. It lives on the desert, often under the stones or pieces of wood.

Do you wonder how the scorpion venome works!?
In general it is described as neurotoxic in nature. It consists 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.

Scorpion venoms are geared towards activity in other arthropods and therefore most scorpions are relatively harmless to humans; stings produce only local effects (such as pain, numbness or swelling). However a few scorpions, mostly in the family Buthidae (like this one), can be dangerous to humans. Although scorpions are generally unable to deliver enough venom to kill healthy adults; deaths normally occur in the young, elderly or infirm. Unless molested, scorpions are perfectly harmless, and only make use of the sting for the purpose of killing prey. Generally, they will run from danger, or remain very still.

Suicide myth
The belief that scorpions commit suicide by stinging themselves to death when surrounded by fire is of considerable antiquity and is often prevalent wherever these animals exist. It is nevertheless untrue, since the venom has no effect on the scorpion itself, nor on any member of the same species (unless the venom is injected directly into the scorpion's nerve ganglion). The myth may derive from the fact that scorpions are ectotherms: when exposed to intense heat their metabolic processes malfunction. This causes the scorpion to spasm wildly and this spasming may appear as if the scorpion is stinging itself.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-27 0:41]

Wow, he does look mean, Michal. I have never seen a green scorpion. Very interesting. Sharp details, good light, and excellent POV. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-27 2:18]

Hello Michal!
Wonderful and dangerous close up;).I liked POV,lighting,framing and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-27 2:29]

Wooow ! What an impressive scorpion that you have well captured ! Good colors and sharpness. Congratulations Michal and thanks for sharing.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-27 4:18]

Michal bonjour, very good shot with this dangerous animal in a typical position. Very well done, colors and sharpness are perfect. Congratulations Didier.

Hi Michal,
Very interesting capture!
I never seen a green scorpion, great colours and details.

Awesome arachnid shot! Nice POV and DOF, I really like the bioluminence colors on this specimen, no wonder these guys glow under a black light so well. Paul :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-27 5:20]

Wow, Michal! This one looks really nasty! I like poisonous animals and this one is no exception. Nice green colour and desert mood of picture.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-27 6:26]

A little bit bright, but otherwise very good. Great pose and well composed. Well done & TFS!


Hello Michal,

His color is strange and it appears as though he might glow in the dark.

Nice sharp details, colors, and great POV.

Thank you for this wonderful image and very interesting note.

I did not know that there were some green scorpions. Very interesting comment.

Don't think I've seen a green scorpion before. Excellent agressive composition and good detail and DOF. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-09 7:07]

Hi Michal, great shot of this scorpion and Ireally enjoyed reading the accompanying note. I love the pose of the beast and the colours and details are very good. Great shot.

Witaj Michale!
Piekne makro. Dobrze widoczne elementy budowy ciala skorpiona. Bardzo bogaty opis (szkoda, ze nie w naszym ojczystym jezyku :), ale wiem, ze to wszystko czas).
Gratuluje Ci i pozdrawiam - Roma

nice closeup, it must be very poisonous since its pliers are thin, TFS Ori

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