One comment on “Missouri’s Night Wanderers – The Striped Bark Scorpion

  1. So many questions about this black light fluorescence. I’m sure you gathered at least as much info as contained in this excerpt from Wiki: “Scorpions are also known to glow a vibrant blue-green when exposed to certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light such as that produced by a black light, due to the presence of fluorescent chemicals in the cuticle. One fluorescent component is now known to be beta-carboline. A hand-held UV lamp has long been a standard tool for nocturnal field surveys of these animals. Fluorescence occurs as a result of sclerotisation and increases in intensity with each successive instar. This fluorescence may have an active role in scorpion light detection.”

    Truly fascinating. Would love to know if/how this capacity benefits them.

    Never experienced pathos for a wolf spider until now!

    Thanks for such great work, as always, my friend.

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