Even more critters

Again, not for the squeamish. You’ve been warned. If you prefer cute fuzzy critters that make you go ‘awww’, then click here now instead.

In case you didn’t know, scorpions are nocturnal arachnids that like to hide in dark cool places during the day and come out to hunt at night in the dark. Their exoskeleton has an interesting characteristic: When exposed to UV light, they fluoresce, looking like somebody dipped them in bright fluorescent paint. This makes them easy to find in the dark by simply sweeping with a handheld UV light.

We did this last night and went out searching our back yard in the dark with a couple of UV lights. We found several scorpions:

Small scorpion in UV light

We also found an unexpected bonus…

A tarantula

A tarantula about the size of my palm.

Here’s a critter photo I forgot to post so far. A while back, we were in a parking lot at night and this caught our eye:

Ginormous beetle

Biggest one I’ve ever seen. No idea what kind of beetle it is though. Let me know if you do in the comments.

Last but not least, we were working out in our driveway Sunday late afternoon when a big javelina moseyed right past us, less than 30 yards away. Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera ready at the time.

Click here to see larger versions of the photos.

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