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Scorpion Vejovis sp. - Hadrurus anzaborrego - female

Scorpion Vejovis sp. - Hadrurus anzaborrego - Female
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Palm Canyon Campground, San Diego County, California, USA
June 30, 2005
Size: Approx 3"
My wife and I found this large scorpion in the Palm Canyon campground at night. The scorpion had captured a beetle that was putting up a fierce fight. The scorpion was trying to sting it in a soft spot in the beetle's exoskeleton.

Eleodes armatus
... Is the beetle pictured.

Poor scorpion must've been starving to take on an eleodes!


Ah, another lethal my house!
Well I've caught a 1 1/2-incher in a small pickle jar not but a week after nearly stepping on one that was about a 6-incher.
Welcome to Lucerne Valley, CA, nestled in the Mojave desert at the base of Big Bear and the San Bernardino mountains! Wildlife sure is abundant out here--the local paper just ran a piece on how a bighorn sheep was found about 1/2 a mile from my house--mauled by a mountain lion! Now, I've caught two desert recluses, seen two scorpions and caught one, seen a Mojave Green Rattlesnake, and caught a Western Banded Gecko off my front porch, but if I see a mountain lion...I don't think I'll have any luck catching it!
Right now it's staying still in a corner of the jar while a cricket hops around and uses it for a piece of playground equipment. It's exciting watching the cricket sneak in front of the scorpion, then watching the scorpion curl up for the "pounce"...only to have the cricket jump away when he/she attacks!
And BTW, how big do these get? I might need a bigger jar...

Hadrurus arizonensis "pallidus"
This is the "white light" photo of the one in UV, right? I thought so. ;-)
Family: Iuridae (most recent--2003--treatment transfers Hadrurus to Caraboctonidae, but I disagree at this time.)
Genus: Hadrurus
species: arizonensis (previously subspecies pallidus but is now a synonym under subspecies arizonensis)
ID: BIG. Up to 110 mm (4 1/2 inches); Hadrurus are very hairy, noticeably more than any other genus of scorpion; "pallidus" is pale overall, with dark interocular crescent across carapace.
Distribution: H. arizonensis is found in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona and Colorado divisions, and Mojave Desert, from NW Sonora, Mexico to SW Utah and west into southern California to Naja California Norte, Mexico. "pallidus" form is more common in dunes.

Kari J McWest, Canyon, Texas

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