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Ultraviolet Scorpion

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  • Fluorescent:
  • Molt: to shed the outer layer of the body.
  • Ultraviolet: (1) light waves at wavelengths less than those visible to humans. Also called UV light. (2) invisible light rays just below the violet end of the spectrum... more

Finding Scorpions at Night

All scorpions will fluoresce under a ultraviolet (UV) light,  also known as a "blacklight". The glow is caused by an unidentified substance in a thin layer in their skin. Newly molted scorpions do not fluoresce right away, but they they will glow after they have aged a while.

Bark Scorpion glows under ultraviolet (UV) Light.

 


Credit: Photo by Barb Backes.

Emperor scorpion or imperial scorpion

Glowing Emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator) is a species of scorpion found in Africa.

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Emperor scorpion or imperial scorpion

Glowing Emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator) is a species of scorpion found in Africa.

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