Entomology (Study of Bugs)/scorpions


Hi there I'm trying to see if I can find any scorpions in my yard but I don't know where to look or where they live and I don't know if my area has any scorpions in it


South Africa in general certainly has scorpions, some of which may be dangerously venomous.

One way to search for them is to go out at night with an ultraviolet light ("blacklight"), as scorpions glow bright green or blue under UV light.  Otherwise, look by day under stones, boards, and other debris.  BUT BE CAREFUL.  Always turn objects toward you so that you are blocking a strike from any venomous snake that may be hiding under the board or stone.

Frankly, I'd go looking with an expert who knows where to look and *how* to look in a safe manner.  Good luck.

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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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