Not so scary scorpions

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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.

Arizona Bark Scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) under a ultraviolet (UV) light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Credit: Photo by Barb Backes.

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  • Article: Ultraviolet Scorpions
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: December 23, 2009
  • Date accessed: August 15, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/ultraviolet-scorpion

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Dr. Biology. (2009, December 23). Ultraviolet Scorpions. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved August 15, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/ultraviolet-scorpion

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Dr. Biology. "Ultraviolet Scorpions". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 23 December, 2009. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/ultraviolet-scorpion

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Dr. Biology. "Ultraviolet Scorpions". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 23 Dec 2009. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 15 Aug 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/ultraviolet-scorpion

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
Emporer scorpion

The Emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator) is a species of scorpion found in Africa. This one is glowing under ultraviolet light.

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