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1998, November

November 1998 Mystery Image

November 1998 Mystery Image
Image by Life Sciences Visualization Group

This is a scanning electron microscope image of the mouth of a scorpion.

How does a scorpion eat? First the scorpion breaks its captured prey into tiny pieces. When the pile is big enough, the scorpion spits strong digestive juices onto the pile of bug bits. The juices melt the bits into soft sticky stew. When the stew is soft enough, the scorpion sucks the gooey pieces into its mouth.

If you want to learn more about scorpions, check out our article Not So Scary Scorpions ... if you dare.


For those of you that are curious, here are some numbers from our list of guesses.

  • 79% guessed that is was the mouth of a spider or an insect.
  • 10% guessed that it was an image of fangs (from long list of animals).

Some of the creative single answers are listed below.

  • An egyptian mummification
  • The creature for the movie Aliens
ant, photo by Alex Wild

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ant, photo by Alex Wild

It's like having your own microscope! Visit our Zoom Gallery to explore and have fun zooming in and moving around each image.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.