What Glows in the Dark?

A few weeks ago, Eddie found a scorpion in the laundry room resting high up on the wall near the ceiling.  When he told me, I ran to get my small black light to see if it would glow.  I read on one of the forums to which we belong that scorpions fluoresce when under a black light and I wanted to see for myself if that was true.  So off I ran to the laundry room (which is located at the end of the terrace) with my black light.  Sure enough, that sucker glowed and it was a beautiful florescent blue.

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Scorpion under normal light

Scorpion under black light

Scorpion under black light

I was having a lot of fun flashing my black light at him and Eddie was taking the pictures.  It was a bit difficult to get a really good photograph so we had to try several times.  Finally, Eddie mentioned to me that it might be a good idea to leave the scorpion alone as he might become annoyed and drop down on me.  Since I didn’t want to be stung, I agreed that we should leave him alone.  The next morning, I went into the laundry room to see if the scorpion was still there…and he wasn’t, well at least not in the same spot.  I did check around with my black light and didn’t see anything blue glowing in the recessed corners of the dimly lite laundry room.  So, I guess he did leave for good.

Wow!  Another amazing sunset from our neighbors' (Liz & Ray) house

Wow! Another amazing sunset from our neighbors’ (Liz & Ray) house

8 thoughts on “What Glows in the Dark?

    • This one is a larger scorpion, probably 2-1/2 to 3 inches long. It’s just a guess as there was absolutely no way I was getting close enough to measure it!

  1. Oh my goodness, Ellen! You must be getting very acclimated….I would have FREAKED OUT?! 😮 His colors under the black light are SUPER cool, tho! 😉

    • Hi Patty, my curiosity overtook my fear. In all honesty, he was pretty far away, so I wasn’t too worried until Eddie commented that he might decide to drop down on me!

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