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Scorpion - Centruroides sculpturatus

Scorpion - Centruroides sculpturatus
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
May 1, 2006

Arizona bark scorpions positivly ID'd in Yucca Valley, CA
I moved to the Yucca Valley region in late 2015 and shortly after started seeing very small scorpions that are identical to the specimen above. I'm a wildlife biologist and no way claim to be a bug expert, but I was very concerned since from my research only larger species are found in the area (giant hairy)so I tirelessly combed the internet looking for some clue. I came to the conclusion that the scorpions I was seeing in my garage and patio were not the common species for my area. Then I found one in my house, in fact almost stepped on it. I captured it and sent it to be ID'd by San Bernardino County Vector control. The scorpion was positively ID's as a Arizona bark scorpion, and from what I understand the first to be ID'd in the Yucca Valley area. In an effort to warn my fellow neighbors that these creatures are in our area this post seems relevant. From what I understand the sting is most powerful and very dangerous for young, old, and those with compromised health. I have a young child so naturally the driving force of my investigation. Be aware fellow high desert dwellers, these tiny and powerful creatures are living among us :)

That's pretty significant! Do you have photos of ones you've found there? They have also become fairly common in the Las Vegas metro. Centruroides are very opportunistic, so established transplanted populations are not uncommon.

Moved from Scorpions.

Moved from ID Request.

Arizona Bark Scorpion
Matt, were you just passing through the area? Next time you should stop by for a visit. I think that this might be your scorpion.
Centruroides sculpturatus: (Arizona range) Let's see if the experts agree.

Yup! ;)
Yup! ;)

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